Hello all, I was exposed to heavy noise in my Army service, as a demolition instructor and range safety officer. After release, I worked in quiet jobs. I contend that my hearing loss is solely noise-induced. Veterans Affairs Canada says otherwise, that 75% of my loss is attributable to aging.
VA has an audiogram done on my release that shows some high frequency loss. Today, 20 years later, my loss has worsened. My question: what evidence is there to support the idea that noise-induced hearing loss can worsen after the exposure to noise ends? Is there any paper or study online that I can use as ammo for my fight to support that the majority of my loss is caused by the expolsives and gunfire I was exposured to?
Thanks for any information anyone can provide!
My loss is very symmetrical and looks like this:
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40 45 45 50 65 70 65 70