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  1. Doc25 and Buck52, thanks so much for the info! I did file for bilateral hearing loss. Below is the denial and it says I don't meet the thresholds to establish service connection.
  2. I received my VA disability rating decision on 10/23/2017 and here is the denial for my Tinnitus claim: When I initially submitted my claim, I did not seek help organizing my evidence (which was a huge mistake on my part) and I didn't submit any supporting evidence of this tinnitus claim. But now thanks to the help of this forum, I realize I need to make sure my appeal is good to go before submitting. I was flight crew in the Navy and I remember complaining several times while on active duty during my annual physicals about ringing in my ears. I have been looking through my medical records to try and see if this was documented at all and I found "tinnitus" in the remarks section of one of my annual hearing tests on 7/13/2017: In your opinion, does this support my claim that tinnitus WAS diagnosed while on active duty and is a direct result of my service? Also, would you recommend I submit any additional evidence to support my claim, such as lay evidence and/or a more current diagnosis from my doctor listing my symptoms? What would be the best way to approach appealing this? Can I call my regional office and send this to them and ask that they reconsider? Thanks for all of your help!
  3. In regards to my Tinnitus claim being denied, I remember complaining during active duty during my annual physicals about ringing in my ears many times. I have been looking through my medical records to try and see if this was documented at all and I found "tinnitus" in the remarks section of one of my annual hearing tests (below). What would be the best way to approach appealing this? Can I call my regional office and send this to them and ask that they reconsider? Thanks for all of your help!
  4. That is an interesting question LCK, and made me think of my situation flying on P-3's. Sorry, I don't have an answer but interested to see what others recommend here. Also, if anyone has a recommendation on how to evidence the same question for P-3s (what's a good way to document ambient noise level on a P-3?) I would appreciate the help as well as I try to support my tinnitus claim. Thanks and good luck!
  5. **Update - I do not see an option to include an attachment. I tried to add as a picture from URL, let me know if you are able to see that** I am not sure how to attach my scanned document so I uploaded as an image file and linked below. You will have to click on the image and it will zoom in. Please let me know if there is a better way to post attachments, thank you! https://i.imgur.com/dUIfOmF.jpg I added in some commentary of why I think I am underrating or why some of the issues should be service connected. When I originally submitted my claim, I should have sought help to organize my claims and include statements in support of my claims. I was kind of overwhelmed with the process so I did not submit much information to support my claims, but I now know that I should have asked for some help. Thank you again for your assistance so far!
  6. Thank you both so much for the information so far! I have attached my disability rating decision I added in some commentary of why I think I am underrating or why some of the issues should be service connected. When I originally submitted my claim, I should have sought help to organize my claims and include statements in support of my claims. I was kind of overwhelmed with the process so I did not submit much information to support my claims, but I now know that I should have asked for some help. Thank you again for your assistance so far! Disability Ratings Appeals.pdf
  7. Hello all, I received my disability decision rating for my initial claim about 2 weeks ago. I would like to submit additional evidence to support my claim and receive a higher rating on some disabilities and service connection on the issues denied. On the VA Form 4107, it says I have two options: Start an appeal by submitting a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) Give us evidence we do not already have that may lead us to change our decision I am interested to learn more about option 2, because I have heard appeals can take longer. It is not clear how to submit additional evidence (who should I send to, can I submit through ebenefits online or do I have to mail?). If anyone has experience with submitting additional evidence instead of submitting a NOD, I would love to get your advice on exactly how to submit and how to track and follow up with the VA after submitting. Thank you!
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