We hear so much about soldiers coming home from Iraq with missing limbs due to insurgency bombings, but a more pervasive problem is that gunfire is making many of our soldiers deaf.

Gunfire can have a profound impact on soldiers’ hearing, and the long-term effects carry over to their post-military lives. A recent study found soldiers have a major risk of hearing loss due to the “impulse noise” associated with gunfire, often leading to acoustic trauma in 10 to 15% of soldiers returning from active military duty. Researcher David R. Nielsen says, “Long-term hearing loss?severely impacts our soldiers’ abilities to transition back to civilian life.”

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