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Va Ace Phone Interview For Tinnitus Claim


Hey there, this is my second post and am still figuring it all out! So the nitty gritty....

I filed my claim for tinnitus in Sep '12. So on Jan 7 I had an ACE phone interview with someone from the VHA. He saked me 5 questions about my hearing, what I did on Active Duty, how my daily life is affected etc. So my question is this...how are they testing the tinnitus over the phone. Can such a call really give them enough information to determine whether or not I will be granted tinnitus. Has anyone else ever had an ACE exam? Does the ACE work in my favor or hurt me in the end?

I decided to look in ebenny (i know its not reliable) my claim went from under review to prep for decision in 2 days. How does that make sense? Should I be concerned about a denial since it moved so quickly?

Thanks so much for all of your help with this. I would also loke to say that this forum helped me immensely esp with my original claim. Special thanks to Tbird as well!!

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I hate to guess but I'm sure others will follow with more knowledge. Here's what I THINK:

Unless you are also claiming hearing loss the VA is treating TINNITUS as a presumptive condition based on your mos (military occupational specialty) AND your evidence/statements. I don't believe any machine can truly detect tinnitus so they may just be doing this as a way to expedite your claim. Seems like "expedite" is a poor choice of words since you filed back in Sept 2012 but this just reinforces how bad the backlog is!

I would take this as a good sign and wait until you receive the actual written decision in the mail. Again...really taking a stab at your question but hope it helps. Perhaps others can provide more regarding an ACE exam?


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Loose Cannon,

Is right on the Money, I have known a few Vets that got approved for Tinnitus over the phone. There is no official test for it, and they just look at your MOS and where you were stationed, and that's it. Tinnitus is the easiest SC condition for the VA rate, as long as you were in a MOS that was loud constantly and required hearing protection. Not a bad way for you to get an extra $155 a month, Lol.

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Sorry Kill,

I was a little off, the correct amount is $130.94

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I accidently put in the wrong date. I submitted my claim Sep 13. So it has only been a few months. I have just never heard of the ACE phone interview. Thought it was odd but hey, if it speeds up the process, I will take it.

When deployed, I worked around the flightline and the 'copters. My actual MOS was admin but rarely do you do your MOS when deployed. Esp when your unit has an abundance of people in a certain MOS!

I am still in the Prep for decision phase or rating or whatever. Is the consensus that the longer it takes, the better chance of winning are? My claim is in MN and I hear they are one of the fast RO's. Thanks a lot

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Hey there, this is my second post and am still figuring it all out! So the nitty gritty....

I filed my claim for tinnitus in Sep '12. So on Jan 7 I had an ACE phone interview with someone from the VHA. He saked me 5 questions about my hearing, what I did on Active Duty, how my daily life is affected etc. So my question is this...how are they testing the tinnitus over the phone. Can such a call really give them enough information to determine whether or not I will be granted tinnitus. Has anyone else ever had an ACE exam? Does the ACE work in my favor or hurt me in the end?

I decided to look in ebenny (i know its not reliable) my claim went from under review to prep for decision in 2 days. How does that make sense? Should I be concerned about a denial since it moved so quickly?

Thanks so much for all of your help with this. I would also loke to say that this forum helped me immensely esp with my original claim. Special thanks to Tbird as well!!

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Department of Veterans Affairs VHA DIRECTIVE 2012-025
Veterans Health Administration
Washington, DC 20420 September 17, 2012
1. PURPOSE: This Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Directive defines the policy for
responding to requests from Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) for compensation and
pension (C&P) disability evaluations and appropriate use of the Acceptable Clinical Evidence
(ACE) process. AUTHORITY: Title 38 United States Code 5103A(d); and Title 38 Code of
Federal Regulations 3.159©(4).
2. BACKGROUND: ACE may be used whereby clinicians may consider the medical evidence
currently in existence and a Veteran’s claims file, supplemented by a telephone interview if
necessary, and use that existing evidence to prepare a Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ)
instead of requiring some Veterans to be examined in-person.
a. VHA provides Veterans with disability evaluations allowing them to obtain the benefits
for which they are eligible. This process is a major VHA responsibility and of great importance
to Veterans and stakeholders.
b. The ACE process does not replace existing VHA policy providing guidance on the C&P
disability evaluation process to obtain medical information to assist in the adjudication of claims.
This Directive provides the VHA clinician with information about the ACE process.
c. VBA determines whether additional medical evidence is required to decide a claim, unless
the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (BVA), United States (U.S.) Court of Appeals for Veterans
Claims, or U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has remanded a claim and requires an
in-person evaluation or opinion.
d. Unless VBA personnel have specifically required that an examination be conducted, once
VBA has requested an evaluation or opinion and provided all available medical information to
VHA, a VHA C&P disability clinician reviews the request and, if use of the ACE process is
determined by the clinician to be appropriate, completes the DBQ using the ACE process, or
refers the request to the appropriate VHA C&P disability clinician to complete the DBQ using
the ACE process. The ACE process may include a telephone interview to supplement the
available records. If additional information is required, the ACE process is not used, and the
Veteran is scheduled for an in-person medical examination or telehealth examination. When the
ACE process is used, the clinician must ensure the appropriate entry is made on the DBQ to report
the use of the ACE process, and must explain, in the DBQ Remarks section, the source of the
clinical evidence relied on to complete the DBQ.
e. There will be some claims for which an ACE review cannot be done; those claims are
clearly identified by VBA in the C&P disability evaluation request. For example, the ACE
process cannot be used if a BVA Remand orders that an examination be conducted.
September 17, 2012
f. Definitions
(1) Examination. An examination is a medical professional’s personal observation and
evaluation of a claimant. It can be conducted in person or by means of telehealth.
(2) Evaluation. An evaluation is an assessment of the medical evidence, which may involve
conducting an examination, providing an opinion, or both.
(3) Opinion. An opinion refers to a medical professional’s statement of findings and views,
which may be based on review of the claimant’s medical records or personal examination of the
claimant, or both.
3. POLICY: It is VHA policy that effective October 15, 2012, VHA C&P disability clinicians
must use the ACE process to respond to VBA requests for medical evaluations when the VHA
C&P disability clinician determines it is appropriate to do so, based on the medical evidence in
the medical record, supplemented by a telephone interview if necessary.
a. Under Secretary for Health. The Under Secretary for Health is responsible for the
quality and timeliness of VHA C&P disability evaluation process, and ensuring that resources
are allocated in support of the process.
b. Office of Disability and Medical Assessment. The Office of Disability and Medical
Assessment is responsible for:
(1) Ensuring implementation of, and compliance with, this Directive.
(2) Establishing monitors as part of DMA’s audit review by December 30, 2012.
(3) Providing guidance through regular conference calls, web-based training, etc., to VHA
C&P disability clinicians, in cooperation with Patient Care Services and VBA.
(4) Ensuring that medically accurate training on the ACE process is provided to the
appropriate VHA clinicians.
(5) Making recommendations for process changes and improvements.
(6) Reviewing selected ACE evaluations to ensure medically-appropriate content.
c. Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) Director. Each VISN Director is
responsible for:
(1) Ensuring that requirements for training, credentialing, and privileging are completed.
(2) Ensuring that a Veteran-centric approach to the ACE process is established. VHA DIRECTIVE 2012-025
September 17, 2012
(3) Ensuring that close collaboration with VBA regional offices is established and
(4) Monitoring the usage of the ACE process within the VISN.
d. Facility Director. Each Facility Director is responsible for:
(1) Ensuring that ACE is conducted, when appropriate, in response to a C&P disability
evaluation request received by the facility.
(2) Ensuring ACE reviews are conducted only for evaluation requests for Veterans within
the VHA facility’s VISN. There are limited circumstances when VHA clinicians conduct
reviews of medical evidence from VHA facilities outside their VISN. For example, a Pension
Management Center, a Resource Center, or a Restricted Access Claims Center could request
local VHA clinicians to review records from a different VISN. With that exception, however,
VHA clinicians using the ACE process only review records consistent with the regional
responsibilities of the clinician’s facility.
(3) Ensuring, upon receipt of a request for a C&P disability evaluation or opinion, the VHA
C&P disability evaluation clinician decides if ACE is appropriate based on a review of the
medical record(s) and claims file, supplemented by a telephone interview if necessary. NOTE:
A request may be for multiple disability evaluations for one Veteran.
(4) Ensuring conditions that may be successfully addressed in an ACE review include, but
are not limited to:
(a) Prostate and other genitourinary conditions, which have already been assessed.
(b) Some oncology cases, whether the cancer is active and/or primary site identification, if
© Ischemic Heart Disease, for which a functional assessment may be done by a telephone
(d) Tinnitus can sometimes be assessed in a telephone interview when a current audiometric
examination is already documented.
(e) Hypertension can be addressed by the ACE method if the record contains current blood
pressure readings.
(f) Pulmonary conditions.
(5) Ensuring medical opinions are provided using the ACE process when the existing
records provide adequate information. Opinions are provided for:
(a) Clarifying a previous medical evaluation, VHA DIRECTIVE 2012-025
September 17, 2012
(b) Clarifying a previous medical opinion, or
© Providing a new opinion.
(6) Ensuring the ACE process is not used for mental health disability examinations.
(7) Ensuring the DBQ indicates when the ACE process is used, and identifies the materials
reviewed to complete the DBQ or render the opinion. The DBQ contains a box that must be
checked if the DBQ was completed using the ACE process.
(8) Ensuring if the ACE process involves obtaining information from a Veteran by telephone
interview, current VHA policy must be followed, including the procedures VHA staff need to
use to authenticate the identity of individuals requesting medical care, treatment, or services at
VHA. NOTE: These identification procedures ensure that the Veteran is the person being
(9) Ensuring that if the ACE process involves telehealth, the evaluation is conducted in
accordance with established VHA telehealth policy including policies and procedures located on
the VA Telehealth Services Web site at: http://vaww.telehealth.va.gov/index.asp. NOTE: This
is an internal Web site and is not available to the public.
(10) Ensuring that adequate methods of workload documentation are used to support time
allocations and staffing levels to complete evaluations in a timely and sufficient manner, and in a
way that can be aggregated in Decision Support System.
5. REFERENCES: VHA Handbook 1601E.01.
6. FOLLOW-UP RESPONSIBILITY: The Office of Disability and Medical Assessment
(10NC8) is responsible for the contents of this VHA Directive. Questions may be referred to the
Director, Clinical Programs and Administrative Operations at 202-461-6699.
7. RESCISSION: None. This VHA Directive expires September 30, 2015.
Robert A. Petzel, M.D.
Under Secretary for Health
DISTRIBUTION: E-mailed to the VHA Publications Distribution List 9/18/2012

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      I had my C&P exam in Feb 2016 in Palo Alto. Like many other postings, I had a bit of an issue with my C&P examiner. I was very nice and answered all of her questions to include the impact of all of my various aches and pains on my daily life. She did not properly measure my ROM for knees and shoulders with the goniometer and eye-balled it instead. My left knee hasn't straightened out since BEFORE the 4th knee surgery, yet she put down a 5% measurement. She also stated she, "question about veracity of her complains. Exam is significant for somatic amplification, lack of effort. Pain is out of proportion to findings on diagnostic test" and quoted an exam I had in Dec 2015 from a DIFFERENT Ortho doctor who completely wrote what he felt like in my record, "According to CPRS ORTHOPEDIC CLINIC note dated on  DEC 10, 2015:-  She is able to fully extend her knee and flex up to about 115 degrees. On PHYSICAL EXAMINATION of L knee she had Full extension and to 150 degrees of flexion in the left knee." So she thought I was exaggerating because a doctor pushed down on my leg and deemed it "fully extendable". 
      Her review ultimately ended in an increased rating to 70%: 0% for left knee extension, 10% for right knee strain, 10% for right wrist increase, 20% for left shoulder, and 20% for right shoulder for a total rating of 70% (including previous year 10% increase for left knee). She completely blew off my low back pain secondary to my left knee because it's a "normal progression of getting older" and I am overweight. Duh. Difficult to lose weight when one has difficulties walking. She determined no increase for sinusitis, hemorrhoids, right ankle, and I am guessing since no increase on sinusitis, that means no secondary connection for headaches. Tinnitus was deferred, and after a few examinations in Texas (I relocated in Feb 2016 right after the C&P exam in Palo Alto), I recently received a 10% rating for tinnitus. Total rating is still 70% because tinnitus didn't move the needle at all.
      So here are my questions:
      1. Should I submit a NOD or new claim for increase for left and right knees? After 4 left knee surgeries, an obvious altered gait that causes me to lean on my right leg, leading to right leg strain and low back pain, and the fact I STILL can't straighten my left leg completely, I went to my civilian doctor and physical therapist, who both stated my low back pain and increasing right leg problems are related to my left knee issues. I recently went to Ortho in Temple, Texas with regard to my right knee locking, knee cap popping, and constant pain in right knee, and they basically said here's a knee brace - go lose some weight. They offered injections too, but I'm a bit leery about doing those as I don't hear much good comes from them.  I should also note, my physical therapist and the VA doctor in Temple both measured my left knee at 10% extension which should equal a 10% rating. 
      2. I have more documentation on my low back pain related to left knee - should I submit a NOD or new claim? I should note the surgeon who did my 3rd knee surgery in 2007 indicated I was headed toward knee replacement and should quit all sports and activities that would stress/strain my knee. It was discussed again last week at the VA Temple, but the PA said I need to lose weight before they can do a knee replacement (they really recommend against it at this time as I'm not even 50 yet). Talk about your Catch-22s. 
      3. I enlisted in the Army in Feb 1985 with a known hearing loss in my left ear and diagnosed BPPV (Benign Proximal Positional Vertigo). My medical records clearly show a hearing loss, yet my initial claim in 1999 was denied service connected for not enough documentation. There are also numerous mentions of vertigo in my records during active duty, reserves, and VA visits. In late 2002, the VA in Palo Alto was going to send me for evaluation with regard to Meniere's Disease, but in Feb 2003, my Reserve unit was called up to support the war (I did not go overseas, we were sent to Fort Leonard Wood for stateside support) and that eval got put on hold. When I returned back to Cali at the end of the one year tour, my job relocated me to Texas. While I had recurring vertigo episodes I did not pursue the eval for Meniere's because they didn't happen all that frequently. Fast forward to 2014 and my hearing problems, tinnitus, and vertigo frequency increased dramatically. Tinnitus 24/7, hearing loss in the upper Hz levels worsened, and vertigo episodes of short duration is a weekly occurrence. I started going to the VA for those issues, and have an appointment in Austin next week for Meniere's evaluation. My question is: should they say yes, I have it, how do I get it service connected when hearing loss is not-service connected? Note: my hearing loss is in the 3000-8000 range whereas the VA only counts it a rate able loss in the 1000-4000 range. I've had life long issues with my left ear, hearing, vertigo that I can document with family statements, a few medical records from childhood, and I went through my medical records page by page and highlighted every mention of hearing, vertigo, dizziness, anemia, viral, etc. If I am reading the requirements correctly, I could qualify for a 60% rating for Meniere's if it can be service-connected. I just don't know how I do that?
      Thank you for your help. 
    • By angryemu

      I am new to this site and am happy to see that there are a lot of folks on here who know the ins and outs of filing claims with the VA. Hopefully someone will be able to offer me advice on how I should proceed. I did not know until recently the issues I've been dealing with were covered by the VA, otherwise I would've started this years ago. I'll try to provide adequate detail.

      Background: Navy; Honorable discharge in 2003; Persian Gulf; did just about every job imaginable on the boat.

      Claims and questions:
      Scarring/pain: service medical record contains detailed record of surgery for removal of Basal Cell skin cancer on my face, including drawing, measurement and procedure details. The nexus seems very clear. Question: How does the VA actually measure scars, and what rating should apply? My t-shaped scar runs from the inside of my right eye down the side of my nose (about 2 inches), and across under my eye (about 1 inch). My right nostril is now asymmetrical as a result of the skin pulling and settling after the surgery, and there is a small scar "pocket" on the side of my nostril. Also, the skin changes color with hot/cold, becomes irritated by sweat, tingles/throbs and is prone to sores and infections. Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder: Nexus: Record contains one instance of gastroenteritis (vomiting/diarrhea), along with "sea sickness". I have civilian medical records for multiple gastro events after leaving service, including hospitalization and surgery (the doc mistakenly diagnosed appendicitis) for gastro and non-specific gastro problems. Not in my records is that I constantly have gastro issues including dyspepsia, frequent vomiting, and bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Also, I am by definition a Gulf War vet, and I understand that this condition falls under "Special Gulf War Rules" as a "Qualifying Chronic Disability". Question: Is this adequate for nexus, or do I need an IMO? How do "Special Gulf War Rules" come into play vs. a standard claim for gastro issues? And, what rating does this condition entail? Tinnitus/hearing loss: my service record contains evidence that I was qualified in multiple weapons, and was a sonar tech. The sonar I worked on was I believe one of the loudest man-made noises on earth, and I had my bell rung more than few times when that thing went active. Question: There is no mention of tinnitus in my medical records, but is there enough evidence to establish nexus? My ears ring 24/7 and it drives me nuts to be in silence. Question: Will the VA most likely require me to take more tests? What if I'm in good shape the day of the tests? Do they understand the "flare up" nature of certain illnesses? I've obtained copies of all of my military and civilian medical records (and made more copies), and plan to meet with a VSO before submitting. I hope I have enough documentation and evidence to satisfy what the VA is looking for. I have a few other claims as well, but didn't want to post too much.

      I greatly appreciate any feedback on the items above, as well as any other advice that can help make my claims as painless as possible. Thank you all for your service.
    • By gadevildog
      So I went to my local Va and filed a 21-456EZ form for:
      memory problems
      Fibro(gulf war)
      Cfs(gulf war)
      Gastrointestinal disorders,hiatal hernia(gulf war)
      sleep disorders
      and a few other things in my record

      I was honorably discharged from the USMC in 96 was dealing with this stuff then but, right or wrong I just dealt with it. I mean if I could get up and put my boots on in the morning and go to work thats's what I did. Only now it's taking longer to get going in the morning and so with the urging of my wife and fellow vets I went and filed.

      They took down my info and sent the form off. Also told my to go get a gulf war registry exam, which I am still waiting on. He didn't ask for med. records, x-rays, DBQ or anything. I told him about my PSTD symtoms and he put down anxiety. I'm just wondering what I'm in for and what to do next. So any advice , info, or help you guys can send my way is much appreciated.

      Semper Fi,


    • By rootbeer22

      Does anyone know once the VA orders and exam both regular and an ACE Exam...how long it takes (on average) berfore the Veterans are notified and the exam takes place?
    • By rootbeer22

      Does anyone have any idea of once VBA orders an ACE exam or ACE Exams, how long it generally takes to get contacted and set up the telephone exams?
    • By coastie72

      I was just awarded 10% for Tinnitus and 0% for bilateral hearing loss. I feel blessed to get this but should I appeal. I have been out of the USCG since 1972. I opened my claim August 2013 for these issues and one other that I have got to get more proof of.
      SC was granted for both hearing and Tinnitus but I assume they felt the hearing wasn't bad enough? The ENT that performed my C&P said that I was a certain candidate for hearing aids. My personal Doctors records indicated long term hearing & tinnitus issues back to the 70's and he provided a Nexus letter that indicated that. My service exit exam indicated only a whisper test was done? Funny I don't even remember that.
      I really have two questions, I have sleep apnea and have used a bi-pap for the last 15 years, however that does not help me when I can't fall asleep due to the constant ringing that has gotten worse over time. Also when I do wake at night it makes it difficult to go back to sleep and sometimes I don't. That requires me to take a prescribed stay awake pill when I have the bad nights. Is there no consideration for that?
      Also based on the ENT's comment of me benefiting from hear aids should I appeal for the hearing loss?
      I was getting nowhere until I went through the DAV and the VSO was awesome, but it is difficult for me to get to see or communicate with him.

    • By MRRRR5
      Hello Hadit Family.

      VARO granted the following effective 26 December 2012 on a request to reopen a previously denied claim:

      1. 10% for Tinnitus Associated with bi-lateral hearing loss; and
      2. 0% for Bi-lateral hearing loss.

      The approval reason in part reads, "Service connection is warranted because your service treatment records (STR) show your hearing loss began in-service. In addition, your military occupational specialty (MOS) of non-nuclear welder is consistent with acoustic trauma and your hearing loss has been linked to that acoustic trauma".

      In the original claim sent to the VARO they received on 9 May 2011, the denial reason states: "Efforts to obtain STR from all potential sources were unsuccessful. If these records are located at a later date, this decision will be reconsidered. If a different decision results, that decision will be effective as of the date of this pending claim."

      He did not have access to his STR at the time his VSO representative, the American Legion, assisted him with this initial claim. The underline part above is where my question comes in: should his effective date go back to 9 May 2011?

      I don't wont to advise him incorrectly that 9 May 2011 should be his effective date and the VA owes him more than just a year's retro, which they have already sent him before I know for sure.

      Just trying to see if I should have him to ask for the EED based on the VA's own response in the original denial; thanks.

    • By swamper
      Hello troops,

      Today I have finally received good news in the mail. After a 36-month battle trying to prove that the VA was not looking at all of the facts I provided, I received my service connection for tinnitus. I thought they were going to make me drive to Detroit for a video hearing, but apparently they had discovered that they overlooked some key documents I had submitted, and which I brought to light on my last appeal, and to my District Congressman Dan Benishek. I thanked God with tears in my eyes when I read the letter. It could not have come at a better time, with my vehicle problems, no income for the past 9 months, and all of my other medical problems. Now I am going to push for a compensation case against Camp Lejeune for the contaminated water they knowingly let us drink, eat, and bath in, 3 and 1/2 years of it myself. I have Hepatic steatosis and have been suffering from strange unexplainable Neurobehavioral effects since 2004, which have changed my life forever and made it a living hell ever since, and throw in seronegative rheumatoid arthritis from out of the blue which took the wind completely out of my sails in 2011 leaving me unable to work (carpenter in and out of the National Guard) and got me medically discharged as of January 31, 2013. They need to pay for what they have done! My life is a total disaster. I will keep on trying and I hope everyone else affected by this does the same. Anyways a ray of sunshine came from heaven today and has given me the ability to keep living and pushing on.

      Semper Fi to all of my fellow Marines, Sailors, and families affected by this travesty of justice,

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