Author Archives: Sean Lehman

Sean is a retired Master Sergeant who spent his twenty-year military career as a combat correspondent for the US Air Force and Defense Department. His time in uniform took him from Desert Storm operations in the first Gulf War to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Now he works with Heroes With Hearing Loss® striving to provide effective solutions to Veterans who experience hearing loss among other related injuries.

How to Fall Asleep with Tinnitus

Years ago, someone told me the damage to a veteran’s hearing begins the first day they fire a weapon. For prior or current military members, that day almost always comes shortly after the first time they don a uniform. Even with proper hearing protection, a small explosion right next to your head is going to […]

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Mindful Breathing for Veterans

You’ve trained for the harshest conditions. You can survive for weeks with barely any food and stay alive for days with little water, but you can only live a matter of minutes without air. Breathing is so important that your body does it automatically—which is why we usually don’t think about it. However, becoming aware […]

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Meet Your Veteran Service Officer

Many veterans face a variety of challenges after leaving the military – all of which can have a profound effect on their families in one way or another. While unemployment, homelessness or mental health issues1 are some of the more “high profile” concerns we often hear about, transition challenges, such as writing a resumé or going […]

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What’s That Sound? It Could Be Tinnitus

Do you regularly hear buzzing or ringing in your ears? If so, you may have tinnitus…. and you’re not alone. What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus (pronounced tin-ni-tus) is a fancy word for “noise in the ears,” which is typically a ringing or buzzing.  According to the Veterans Administration (VA), tinnitus is the number one service-connected health […]

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Why Hire Veterans?

Today many veterans face unemployment or underemployment after leaving the military. Some companies avoid hiring veterans because they mistakenly believe the stereotypes and assume most veterans have lingering issues or a “rigid and uncompromising” military posture that may raise unwarranted doubts in the workplace. Hiring managers may also underestimate the value of veterans because they […]

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Tips for Talking with Veterans (or anybody else) with Hearing Loss

Learning better ways to communicate with individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can benefit everyone. However, when it comes to veterans with hearing loss, the standard operating procedures may have a slight twist. That’s because many veterans have multiple health issues that can impact their hearing loss and create situations that call for […]

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Hearing Loss Action Plan

Hearing loss can deeply affect all your relationships. Often, the closer the relationship, the more profoundly it is affected. Your military training has taught you to never start a mission without a plan. So why not apply that same principle to your hearing loss? Take on your hearing loss and other related health issues proactively. […]

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Is Your Military Training Getting in the Way of Your Treatment?

As a veteran, you’ve given a lot in service to your country. You’ve earned the medical care and benefits available to you. So why aren’t you seeking treatment for the health conditions you’re enduring as a result of your time in uniform?

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Three things you may not know about your Veteran patients…

Every patient has a unique story and veterans are certainly no different. However, a veteran’s experience with hearing loss may be a bit more colorful and complicated than that of your typical patient. For many who have worn our nation’s uniform (particularly those who have served in combat), hearing loss is very often intertwined with other resulting comorbidities.

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Fighting in Silence

CPT Tony Seahorn Battles the Lasting Impacts of War The UH-1 “Iroquois” helicopter, dubbed the “Huey” by the soldiers who served in the shadow of its silhouette, was the workhorse of the Vietnam war. The versatile aircraft and the distinctive “wop wop wop” of its single prop were icons of the time. More than 7,000 […]

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