Tinnitus and hearing loss are significant medical and cost issues for both the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) – an average of 15,000 new cases of tinnitus were reported each year among active duty service members from 2007 to 2010. Additionally, tinnitus and hearing loss were the top service-connected disabilities in veterans receiving compensation in fiscal year 2011. In response to this issue, the DoD Blast Injury Research Program Coordinating Office (PCO), in collaboration with the DoD Hearing Center of Excellence (HCE) and the VA, hosted the International State-of-the-Science (SoS) Meeting on Blast-Induced Tinnitus on November 15-17, 2011, in Chantilly, Virginia. The participants focused on assessing current knowledge regarding the cause, diagnosis, treatment of tinnitus, and identifying research gaps for further investigation.
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