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  1. I appealed my lower back condition (DDD, strain) and am still waiting on a virtual hearing since July 2020. I called and they said they are still on 2019 claims but would not give me any other information. From what I've read on here I'm better off withdrawing my hearing and submitting a supplemental claim with IMOs. I know I would lose the back pay though. Are there any other negatives to withdrawing my hearing? Does anyone have an idea how much longer I'd wait for a hearing? Thanks
  2. Hey folks, just wanted to share some info. I was waiting for a hearing and got some info from DAV. If you want a virtual hearing you must call your representative and ask for it, if va.gov says video conference it won’t be scheduled until the DAV/va offices re-open. I called and my DAV rep contacted the hearing coordinator and within a couple hours I was scheduled for a hearing in May. I sent my NOD in August 2020. I don’t know of this applies to legacy appeals.
  3. Situation- I have been suffering from serious ringing in my ears for roughly the last decade or so along with very sensitive hearing. Among those symptoms, I have a slew of other issues that are currently unimportant to this post but some of my other issues were vertigo and occasional memory loss. After countless trips to the doctors, audiologists and ENT's I was finally diagnosed with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Claims for disability were filed and after a few battles, I was awarded 10% with hyperacusis and tinnitus combined but I was denied for the vertigo and memory loss. After a fe
  4. I am currently 0% for my hearing but it was services connected last year. I recently went to a private ENT and had a hearing test done by them and filed for an increase for my hearing. I'm hoping they will raise it above 0% but obviously I have no idea what they are going to do. My question is does anyone know at what point the VA decides there is enough hearing loss for compensation? My ENT told me I am at about 40% hearing loss according to my test they conducted so I submitted that as evidence for an increase.
  5. I originally filed a claim for bilateral hearing loss for both my left and right ear, but 2 years ago was only awarded Service Connection for my Left Ear, but only at 0%. The VA said that it was at 0% due to my Right Ear being at normal hearing at the time of my hearing test. But I just now filed a claim for an increase in my Left Ear hearing loss. I went for another C&P hearing exam. I told the Hearing Doctor that now my Right Ear was getting bad too and could she test me for hearing loss in my right ear this time. When the test was all over she told me that I did have some Right Ear hear
  6. I served in USAF, as a Jet Engine Mechanic (AFSC 43250), from 1970-74. My VA medical records contained an entrance hearing test and an exit hearing test. The exit test showed a hearing loss at high frequency ranges. I was given hearing aids (very grateful) and was service connected, 0% for hearing loss and 10% for tinnitus. That was in 2006. Fast forward to 2019 – I was referred to an Non-VA ENT specialist after a routine VA audiologist became concern about a significant drop in my R side conductive hearing test. I had a CT scan which reveals that I have cholesteatoma in both ea
  7. I was awarded 10% for Tinnitus but turned down for hearing loss. How can that be?
  8. I filed my NOD four years ago, next month. Still waiting for a decision from the DRO. I am wondering how long other Veterans here, have been waiting for an answer on their RO Appeal.
  9. I am new to all of this so I just have a quick question that maybe someone can explain to me. I went to the VA last year and received a 10% rating for tinnitus and )% rating but that it was service connected for hearing. After my 3rd hearing test I was given a set of hearing aids because they deemed that certain frequencies and speech I could not hear. I did an appeal for the 0% hearing loss cause makes no sense to me that there is enough to rate hearing aids but not within specs for a 10% rating. Does this make sense to anyone?
  10. I have received a 0% compensation for Hearing Loss, among several other disability awards. As It stands, I am at 94% and need another 10% award to become 100% scheduler disabled. Have already received 100% TDIU P&T. QUESTION: How wise is it to give up 100% TDIU P&T for a 100% Scheduler? My lawyer argues that that TDIU P&T is more important than getting that 100% Scheduler (because that 100% scheduler can be challenged at any point for a reduction by the VA). What is the general school of thought on this?
  11. I have finally succeeded to have a BVA hearing in April. It is scheduled for a video hearing in Phoenix. However, if I go to Washington...I can have the hearing in front of the judge...in person...face-face. Do I have a better chance of success with a personal hearing...or, stick with the video hearing? Currently residing out of the country...so, whether I go to Phoenix or Washington doesn't make any difference. Also, it's possible I can go to the US Embassy to use their facilities for a video hearing...saving a trip to the states. Your feedback would be appreciated. Thank you.
  12. A few months ago my service connected hearing loss was increased from; 10% tinnitus 20% Bi-Lat hearing loss 30% total to 10% tinnitus 50% Bi-Lat hearing loss 60% total While I do not meet the single disability percent to apply normally needed to apply for IU, I do see a "Special Consideration" which I believe applies in my case" http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/factsheets/serviceconnected/iu.pdf Below is my letter asking for my increase. I was wondering if anyone could give me some feedback on the content in order to determine of I should even bother
  13. Does anyone out there know how to read a Audiological Evaluation form? I can't make heads or tails of the numbers.I have been in Tanks for 22 years and I was turned down for hearing loss in 2006 the VA says I was border line for hearing loss, so I was denied but at the same time I was issued hearing aids in 2009, I just completed a Audiological Evaluation in 2016 the same test they give for comp and pen exam, and was told that from 2009 to 2016 an increase in hearing loss, so I was tested and I will be getting new hearing aids. Now my question is I would like to submit a new claim for hearing
  14. After ten plus years, it looks like the fight still goes on! Most of the details are more or less resolved, but there are a couple of outstanding ones that nobody seems to want to deal with. At least the BVA hearing resulted in a five figure retro award. But it looks like another go around will be needed to actually obtain an increase to the present compensation amount. I had hoped to get off the "Hamster Wheel", but it looks like another round will be needed.
  15. I would like to call my brothers and sisters in Christ to please take a few minutes out of your busy day and pray for my wife, who has a hearing very shortly. It will be a day of reckoning, a day of purging, and hopefully a day of resolution.. I would like prayer that the people involved in this case, are given wisdom and understanding, to do what is right and just. This case is not as much about financial gain, as it is the acknowledgement and righting of a terrible wrong that was done almost 2 decades ago. This tragic event, that was completely avoidable, ruined o
  17. 2004 i was released from service. same year i claimed low back and bilateral hip strain. i had a c+p exam and doc said (diagnosed ) i had bilateral hip strain and lumbar strain. 2005 i was denied both the reason given was , no service treatment records could be found at all for my time in service if service treatment records are later found my claims will be re-open. i dint appeal this at the time i just waited for them to find the records. december 2009 the VA found my records and granted me 10% for lumbar strain but, did nothing about my hips. 6 months later i sent a NOD stating that this i
  18. I have been "scheduled" for a dro interview, when that will be who knows. I am considering dropped the dro interview for a dro review since i have started to come to the conclusion that a hearing wont bear me that much more fruit than a review. I have heard in the Pro Category that it is nice because they see your face and not just a stack of papers, however i am not sure if this is that much more advantage given the time it takes to actually get a interview. I am looking for opinions on the subject to help me make my decision.
  19. So I went to my local Va and filed a 21-456EZ form for: Tinnitus Insomia memory problems Fibro(gulf war) Cfs(gulf war) Gastrointestinal disorders,hiatal hernia(gulf war) sleep disorders anxiety shingles/rashes 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 fil
  20. I served from '68 to '72. I filed for severe hearing loss, tinnitus, and PTSD in 2007. I received 30% on the hearing and tinnitus. They denied the PTSD for lack of proving stressor incident. At that time I had no idea where to get copies of my ships logs as I had assumed they would get them. I did not file a NOD. I continued to be treated for PTSD by the VA for the next few years. As my condition seemed to be worsening, my Dr. asked why I was not receiving compensation so I could retire and alleviate some stress? In June 2012, I found the official logs of the incidents and re-filed. After a C&
  21. Hi,,first post,,thank you all for such a informative website! Hope i am posting in correct area,, have a 10% rating for wrist from 2002,,, I filed on eben new claim for hearing loss/tinnitus on Sept 2013,,,Well i started my claim Sept 2013 and came back to the claim June 4 2014, which is when i finished it on Eben., I was awarded SC 0% hearing loss and 10% tinittus affective date of 4 jun 2014,,,i started it on Sept 2013 to save my date,,, is my affective date correct,, thanks
  22. I am in the process of completing my VA Form 9 to do a BVA Appeal of a claim. My questions for the group are: 1. Would it be worthwhile to do my BVA Hearing at the Philly VARO which is about an hour away from me? Or would it be better just to go have my hearing in Washington DC which is 3 hours away from me? I know there is no compensation to travel to the hearing location. I am not in a big hurry -- it probably wont affect my overall comp rating of 90%. But having to only drive 2 hours roundtrip is certainly better than 6+ going into DC! 2. Do you think it will be OK to get
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