DearColleague.us

Letter

 

From: The Honorable Elizabeth H. Esty
Sent By:
Michael.Carlo@mail.house.gov

Date: 3/31/2017

Fund Research into Hearing Restoration for

Service Members and Veterans

Deadline: COB Monday, April 3

Dear Colleague,

I invite you to join me in sending a letter to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense requesting that the Committee continue to fund hearing restoration research under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP).

According to the Department of Defense, hearing loss is among the top disabilities associated with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. For the Members of our Armed Forces, hearing plays a critical role in mission effectiveness, with up to 50-60 percent of one’s
situational awareness coming from hearing. Undiagnosed hearing impairments could inhibit a unit’s communication and ability to give and receive commands. Furthermore, hearing problems are the most prevalent service-connected disability among American veterans
according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). If we were able to develop treatments that reverse hearing loss, we could improve the quality of life for millions of service members and veterans, make our military more effective, and save the VA hundreds
of millions of dollars annually.

Last year, the committee dedicated $10 million for hearing restoration research under the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). This letter asks that the committee again include $10 million for hearing restoration research in FY18.

To join the letter or request further information, please contact Michael Carlo in Rep. Esty’s office at
Michael.Carlo@mail.house.gov or 5-4476.

Sincerely,

 

 

Elizabeth H. Esty

Member of Congress

 

 

April 5, 2017

 

The Honorable Kay Granger                                       The Honorable Peter Visclosky

Chairwoman                                                                Ranking Member

Defense Subcommittee                                               Defense Subcommittee

H-405, The Capitol                                                     1016 Longworth HOB

Washington, DC 20515                                              Washington, DC 20515

 

Dear Chairwoman Granger and Ranking Member Visclosky:

We are pleased that during consideration of the FY17 Department of Defense appropriations bill, the Committee recognized the significance of hearing loss in the military and veteran communities and included $10 million for hearing restoration research in
the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDMRP). We respectfully request that you also include $10 million for hearing restoration research in the FY18 defense appropriations bill.

According to the Department of Defense, hearing loss is among the top disabilities associated with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. For the members of our Armed Forces, hearing plays a critical role in mission effectiveness, with up to 50-60 percent of one’s
situational awareness coming from hearing. Undiagnosed hearing impairments could inhibit a unit’s communication and ability to give and receive commands.

For our veterans, hearing loss can present a challenge in transitioning to civilian life, with a correlation having been found between hearing loss and depression and anxiety as well as diminished income. Not to mention that compensation payments for hearing
loss costs the Department of Veterans Affairs hundreds of millions of dollars annually.

As you work to finalize the FY18 Department of Defense appropriations bill, we ask that you consider the profound impact hearing loss has on our service members and veterans, and include $10 million for hearing restoration research. Thank you for your consideration
of this request and for your hard work and leadership on behalf of our service members and veterans.

Sincerely,