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Hey all i recently put in a claim to reopen a prior decision on bilateral hearing loss and one with dizzines. VA tested but C&P doc only looked at first enlistment. said hearing loss is there but not service connected and did not give a percentage of what that hearing loss is. The hospital itself has ordered me to take a new hearing test but that is not until december 2018 VA deferred claim on dizziness and order new c&p and hearing test the hearing test is on the 13th of November 2018 and C&P is on the14th at QTC facilities. The question I have is should I bring my copies of military STR's concerning hearing test. Original claim was denied had this finding [X] Sensorineural hearing loss (in the frequency range of 500-4000 Hz)* ICD code: 389.11 and this write up 3. Etiology If present, is the Veteran's hearing loss at least as likely as not (50% probability or greater) caused by or a result of an event in military service? [ ] Yes [X] No [ ] Rationale (Provide rationale for either a yes or no answer): 1.RME dated XX/XX/XX (at induction) documents hearing within normal limits bilaterally. 2.RME dated XX/XX/XX (at separation) documents hearing within normal limits bilaterally. 3. Comparison of induction and separation exams indicate no significant change in hearing sensitivity and documentation of an OSHA-defined STS during military service CANNOT be established from this audiometric data. 4. The documentation of hearing within normal limits at induction, documentation of hearing within normal limits at separation, and the lack of documentation of an OSHA-defined STS during military service indicate that it is NOT at least as likely as not (50/50 probability) that veteran's current hearing loss is related to his military service Items 1 and 2 only refer to my first enlistment and what she called my "separation is actually marked as a re-enlistment physical. Item 3 there is an OSHA STS in the records she did not look at. The award letter used the same language denying my claim to (at least) service connection but probably 0%. The decision letter on reopening the claim should arrive by Monday the 12th and I plan on filing an appeal/nod on their denial of service connection based on them not looking at all the files and tests. AS it pertains to this newest C& P and hearing test, I want to make sure that this time they look at all the records to demonstrate that the hearing loss occurred in service particularly if they suspect Meniures (sp?) disease is causing my vertigo and dizziness. So will bringing my hearing test records and the first C&P to the tests at QTC help or hurt me? Thanks
..tiredmarine0331 posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research ForumHello, I've had positional vertigo problems in the past ever since a hand grenade exploded close to my position four years ago. One week ago I had an appointment at the V.A. and I noticed that the building was moving, I asked my case manager if she felt the movement of the building and she said no, I was about to exit the building when this happened. I drove home and woke up the next morning feeling like my house was moving but ignored it since I have had episodes of vertigo before. I got to the building where I volunteer at (voc rehab) and felt the same way so I figured that it was positional vertigo kicking in for sure, for one week straight I've felt this way and is not going away. I went to the E.R. at the V.A. and I was prescribed meclizine and it is not working. The doctor told me it might be a viral infection and I do not know what to say or do other than taking the meds because I feel so weak and confused while I'm at home this is so annoying that I cannot take it anymore. The tinnitus in my ears became stronger and sometimes I hear drums beating inside my right ear. I like to have a few beers especially when others buy it to be honest, family members brought a few bottles of wine and beers for the holidays and I haven't had a sip of it due to my dizziness, that's how bad it its. Has anyone had this before?? I would like to put this to an end and if I'm gonna be like this for the rest of my life I'll put it in my claim, like I said I've had this feeling before, but not so many days in a row and with this intensity, any inputs thanks tiredmRONW0331