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Capitol Health Call
March 9, 2011

Conserving Hearing

JAMA. 2011;305(10):987. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.264

The Department of Defense can improve programs to reduce hearing loss among service members, said the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in a report released on January 31. It found that in 2009, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) spent more than $1.1 billion compensating 1.2 million claims for veterans with tinnitus or hearing loss injuries. In 2005, auditory impairments became the most common service-connected disability compensated by the VA (http://tiny.cc/8cpn3).