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Old 10-02-2012, 02:15 AM   #31
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Yeah four years in the Engine Room of two ships. No ear plugs or ear protection.. Tinnitus and ringing in ears. Have to have TV on closed caption and cell phone on vibrate.

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Old 10-02-2012, 02:27 AM   #32
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I wasn't in the service and I have ringing in my ears too.

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Old 10-02-2012, 03:18 AM   #33
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I'm a vet...I have hearing loss..but probably from Jimmy Page and Ritchie Blackmore.

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I concur Sonic, too many Rolling Stones, Who and other concerts and festivals along with my super cool and powerful Headphones I used to blast my ears out with. The Army was definitely loud but I probably didnt do myself any favors on my off time either.

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Old 10-02-2012, 09:28 PM   #35
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I concur Sonic, too many Rolling Stones, Who and other concerts and festivals along with my super cool and powerful Headphones I used to blast my ears out with. The Army was definitely loud but I probably didnt do myself any favors on my off time either.
I saw Johnny and Edgar Winter with Rick Derringer once. I was about 5 rows back....by all rights, I should be deaf.
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I always wondered, do you vet's have bad hearing from serving? I never knew weather or not you guys have earplugs in during firefights or do you just deal with the loud noise?
Not real sure on how to answer this as it's almost ridiculous to think you would put in earplugs in a firefight (especially Infantry). I would guess that maybe some would try to use earplugs but I personally didn't know any.
There's too much going on and you really need to be able to hear everything around you.
Some deafness is going to occur if you spend much time around weapons firing and some are luckier than others on the amount of hearing loss but you can almost be assured there is some loss.
I feel lucky to only have some high end loss and part of that could be from being a 96 decibel freak with my music.
Walking into a battalion sized box ambush of NVA in a 113 man company causes semi deafness and loss of bladder control as a side symptom.
The little narrow side streets in Mogadishu would echo shooting so bad you would be partially deaf (and ears ringing for hours).
To answer your question, you deal with the noise.
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I was the guy in my division stationed directly under one of the guns

on my ship. Used to curl up in a fetal ball, eyes screwed shut, hands

jamming my headphones even tighter over my ears while they'd

blow off a few dozen rounds from the 5" 54s.

Of course, my Rockford Fosgate 400-4, at 77 watts RMS per

channel, has certainly pushed the cart down the hill, in the process

of blowing out a couple dozen speakers, but I figure what the hell;

Half of what people are saying is worthless, the other half I

probably don't want to hear, anyway.

If it's really important, somebody can write me a note...

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I think that's something I need to do cause I'm already recieving a pension on a lower disability percentage which I totally forgot what the number is.
he11 yes free money.and aint you got sleep apania or something else?
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So how do you get this "free money"? Just say you have certain disabilities?

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Walking into a battalion sized box ambush of NVA in a 113 man company causes semi deafness and loss of bladder control as a side symptom.
The little narrow side streets in Mogadishu would echo shooting so bad you would be partially deaf (and ears ringing for hours).
To answer your question, you deal with the noise.

RVN and the Mog? Did you deploy to Saudi in '90? There were still some VN vet NCOs in reserve units and some officers in helo squadrons in early OEF and OIF, '02-'03.
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