P2Chap writes on the forum:
in the u.s. navy in the mid 50's i was exposed to unprotected 45 caliber pistol fire and later, as an airborne air controller aboard the uss midway, exposed to unprotected 5 inch cannon fire. additonally, i had well over 100 launches and landings in an open cockpit single engine propeller driven aircraft. i have suffered from bilateral tinnitus and hearing loss for many years now and recently applied for disability. my application was denied because my "injury was not combat related."