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Use of mental health services by veterans disabled by auditory disorders

Caroline J. Kendall, PhD; Robert Rosenheck, MD

This study compared use of Department of Veterans Affairs mental health services by veterans disabled by auditory disorders, including tinnitus and/or hearing loss, with use of such services by veterans disabled by four other chronic illnesses in 2005. We examined group differences from other related characteristics such as age and sex. We found that veterans disabled by auditory disorders were more likely than other disabled veterans to use mental health services at least once. However, veterans with auditory disorders accessed fewer visits than those disabled by other conditions. Veterans with auditory disorders may not be getting all the mental health services they need.

Volume 45 Number 9, 2008
   Pages 1349 — 1360


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