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  1. My HL test average was 64/65 and word recognition was 84 both ears and that's 0% anyway you cut it......and if you were addressing me Gastone , I know the HL exam, especially the WR cannot be beat.....that's a given, and I have no feelings to speak of.
  2. My hearing is pretty darn bad, my tinnitus is horrible, and I still only met the criteria for 0% HL
  3. The IME report is in.......Thoughts? I warn you, it is lengthy......oddly, as much social issues, no friends, agression,etc as I have....he gave me a GAF score of 65. DrCoyleIMERedacted.docx
  4. Figured out the problem......I used an older version.....new updated Hutsky calculator says 0% for HL. So 0% HL & 10% Tinnitus.
  5. Oddly, if I plug the numbers into the Hutsky calculator, comes up 40%.....If I look at the VA's confusing ass cross reference chart, comes up 0% or maybe 10%?
  6. The results are in......looks like, after running her numbers thru the calculator it would be 40% HL, 10% tinnitus....assuming they don't deny anyway, irregardless of their own audiologists opinion......stranger things have happened! RedactedHearingResults.pdf
  7. Oh, I will....it would be awesome to watch a movie or TV without having to read the words for once!
  8. So, I had my hearing C&P and it went as expected. I haven't seen the results yet, got to check myhealthevet Monday or Tuesday, but I do know that I showed the girl my work exams from the past 10 years, which are bad, and she said her results were about the same. When the testing was over, she was talking to me waaaaay louder and told me I didn't have to wait on the rating to get hearing aids if I am interested. She said as long as I make an appointment to get hearing aids within 6 months, i don't have to re-take the hearing exam. Thoughts?
  9. Ha.......My employer went to what they call "The whisper test" last year. The nurse stands 10-20 feet away, faces away from you and says a word, you have to repeat the word. I fail it misearbly.....mostly I think because my tinnitus rings constant and loud non-stop! I'll post my C&P results around the 20th
  10. Yeah, filed tinitus too....mines constant. I know civi hearing tests are irrelevant to SC ratings.....point being, they show what can be expected on an audiogram by VA.
  11. Well, I'm an 0311 combat veteran, have a MEPS hearing test showed good hearing, boot camp hearing test showed mild hearing loss and post service that shows severe hearing loss in 1000+ Hz ranges. My company does annual hearing tests and last year they started doing a "whisper" test in 2016 , which I also fail miserably. Hopefully I can get some hearing aids!
  12. Hearing exam C&P scheduled for next Friday......you think that means they are conceding hearing loss and doing the C&P to measure the extent of hearing loss?
  13. Re-Opening a 2016 GWI claim - Fibromyalgia DBQ

    All of the lab work to rule out Rheumatoid Arthritis came back clean, so I will upload to Ebennies. That will help support the previously undiagnosed Fibromyalgia claim. Also, have an appointment with a Rheumatologist coming up in December.
  14. Re-Opening a 2016 GWI claim - Fibromyalgia DBQ

    Is the burden of proof more stringent for a Gulf War veteran to prove, in service event/aggravation when it comes to a FM claim?
  15. Re-Opening a 2016 GWI claim - Fibromyalgia DBQ

    My first claim was for sleeplessness, bi-lateral arm pain, bi-lateral shoulder pain, memory loss-short term and stomach issues. The stomach was rated 30% as undiagnosed illness (IBS) w/constipation/diahrea. Since that time, I've been diagnosed with Major depressive disorder, PTSD, sleep disorder NOS. So, my re-open with new & material evidence is in the context that I filed for symptoms of Fibromyalgia, which I have now been diagnosed with. Much like anything, it's a crap shoot......but, I am a tenacious Marine and will never just go away! Thanks for the input!