On November 11th, 1918 fighting between the Allies and the Central Powers ceased, marking the end of “the war to end all wars.” One year later, President Wilson declared November 11th as a national holiday, which we now observe as Veterans Day. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Day is correctly spelled without an apostrophe because the day does not belong to the veterans but is to honor all veterans. On this day,  ninety-eight years later, we honor not only those who have died in service to our country, but all those who have served and sacrificed for the freedoms we Americans enjoy every day. Often, when veterans return home, their sacrifice affects them in ways they may never have imagined; 60% of veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq come home with hearing loss and tinnitus.

This year, Hough Ear Institute is one step closer to reaching a cure for deafness with our development of an oral pill that can halt hearing loss caused by bomb blasts. The drug is currently entering phase two on FDA clinical trials, and HEI is looking forward to the day it will be able to announce this treatment is ready for our service members.

To all those who have served in our military, Hough Ear Institute salutes you.


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