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  1. 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?
  2. 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.
  3. 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 to apply for UI ? BTW, I will be 57 years old on December 1st, of that matters? Thanks in advance, Mark *********** 3/17/2016 Department of Veterans Affairs I am respectfully requesting consideration for an increase in my current Service Connected Bilateral Hearing Loss rating based on VA Autonomic re-evaluation dated 2/16/16, performed by XXX Snyder, MS, Audiology which included Maryland CNC word recognition testing, conducted at the VA Audiology Clinic, 760 XXXX Avenue, XXX Ca. 96001 (530) XXX-8830. History: I am currently rated at 20% Service Connected Bilateral Hearing Loss and 10% Service Connected Bilateral Tinnitus, dated 3/8/2011. The details and evaluation of that service connection are documented in my VA file number XXX XX XXXX. Continued and ongoing issues: Based on my ongoing occupational, Retail Store Manager and non-occupational hearing problems, which include but not limited to; Understanding and or comprehending spoken words Understanding and or comprehending telephone, conference call conversation and intercom announcements Understanding and or comprehending MIS helpdesk, police and other government or municipal telephone conversations. Understanding and or comprehending streaming television, computer, radio or other electronically produced broadcasts. Communicating in moderate to noisy environments, including retail store operations. Communicating with a group of individuals, including retail store operations, staff meetings and training. Communicating using retail store, company provided two way radio handsets. My service connected hearing problems, severely limits my ability to applicably react to audible occupational signals from: Building alarm, emergency warning and other electronic security systems Fire and Loss prevention alarm / notification systems Point of Sale alarm / notifications and alert systems Point of Sale scanners; Symbol DS9808, Motorola LS2208, Inventory management scanner; Symbol MC3100 EAS Loss prevention entry/exit scanners Refrigeration / Freezer malfunction notification systems Environmental systems (heating/cooling) notification systems Energy management systems NOVAR notification systems Freight delivery truck, backup warning notification systems My service connected hearing problems have resulted in: My inability to efficiently communicate with friends, acquaintances, family, customers, vendors, subordinate employees, peers and supervisors. Frequent outsourcing or shifting of my normal and personally assigned managerial functions that require high amounts of communication, to my subordinate managers. Personal, occupational and social withdrawal due to reduced access to services and difficulties communicating with others. Experiencing significant emotional problems caused by a drop in my self-esteem and professional confidence. Exacerbation of my VA diagnosed PTSD, that I am currently being treated for at the VA XXX VA Behavioral Health Department. Recent VA recommendations and action by XXX Snyder, MS, Audiology: Since my recent VA Autonomic re-evaluation which included Maryland CNC word recognition testing, dated 2/16/16, I have been issued and subsequently fitted with updated VA issued hearing instruments: PHONAK AUDEO V90-13 RIC to replace my previous hearing instruments: AUDEO SPICE SMART IX UZ RIC. I have also been issued and fitted with a Remote Control, ComPilot II and Remote Microphone in order to specifically assist with my occupational communication problems. Mr. XXX Snyder explained to me that the new hearing instruments will provide a longer usable service life for my substantial and difficult to manage hearing loss. ***************** Below is the actual examine results: 1. Objective Findings --------------------- a. Puretone thresholds in decibels (air conduction): RIGHT EAR +==============================================================+ | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | |========+========+========+========+========+========+========+========+ | 500 | 1000 | 2000 | 3000 | 4000 | 6000 | 8000 | Avg Hz | | Hz* | Hz | Hz | Hz | Hz | Hz | Hz | (B-E)**| |========+========+========+========+========+========+========+========| | 30 | 50 | 75 | 85 | 95 | 105+ | 100+ | 76 | +=======================================================================+ LEFT EAR +==============================================================+ | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | |========+========+========+========+========+========+========+========+ | 500 | 1000 | 2000 | 3000 | 4000 | 6000 | 8000 | Avg Hz | | Hz* | Hz | Hz | Hz | Hz | Hz | Hz | (B-E)**| |========+========+========+========+========+========+========+========| | 35 | 50 | 70 | 80 | 85 | 105+ | 100+ | 71 | +=======================================================================+ * The puretone threshold at 500 Hz is not used in determining the evaluation but is used in determining whether or not a ratable hearing loss exists. ** The average of B, C, D, and E. *** CNT - Could Not Test b. Were there one or more frequency(ies) that could not be tested: No c. Validity of puretone test results: Test results are valid for rating purposes. d. Speech Discrimination Score (Maryland CNC word list): +=======================+ | RIGHT EAR | 56% | Thank you, Mark Nicholson
  4. 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 loss along with this form. The Dr. says my left ear shows a greater loss since 2009. How does one read the numbers and convert to the rating systems in order to see what rating you will be looking at? the form says Bone Conduction (right ear) 1000 (30) 2000 (45) 3000(45) 4000 (40) the left ear says 1000 (60) 2000 (70) 3000 (75) 4000 (60). I was told you have to convert these numbers into roman numerals in order to see what your rating could be. anyone know how to do this? thanks for your help.
  5. BVA Appeal Hearing Results

    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.
  6. 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 one life, and cast a heavy burden on several other lives. All due to intentional shortcuts to save money and time (sound familiar)? There are many on here who know the power of prayer, and many that I pray will learn the power of prayer, May Gods will be done.!
  7. AUDIO FROM CVAC

    WHY WOULD A JUSTICE OF THE CVAC ASK A QUESTION LIKE THIS TO VETERAN ATTORNEY<<<<<<<<<<< SO, IS IT YOUR OPINION THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAS A BURDEN OF PROOF TO PROVE THAT A VETERAN IS HEALTHY UPON SERVICE AND SOMEHOW ALSO THE GOVERNMENT HAS THE BURDEN OF PROOF TO SHOW THAT THE SAME VETERAN IS UN-HEALTHY LEAVING SERVICE???? WOW,, THAT JUSTICE DID ASK THAT QUESTION.... AND ANYONE WHO FOLLOWS VETERANS LAW KNOWS THAT YES, THEY DO HAVE THAT BURDEN AND THAT SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN ASKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  8. 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 is a claim that proceeded a denial because of service treatment records and because the records were later found then all my claims should have been re-open. they agreed but said we still are denying you for hips because your service treatment records didnt change our opinion about your hips. nothing in your record states anything about hips.. i got a copy of my c-file and yes there it was,,, service treatment records for my hips in fact in service doctors also stated that i had bilateral hip strain BUT said it existed prior to service. i submitted this paper and they gave me a c+p exam. the doc stated nothing is wrong with my hips and that i had an existing history for a left hip diagnoses. during this time i was being seen at the VAMC and receiving treatment for my hips and lower back and radiculopathy. in fact , just 1 week after this c+p exam a vamc report shows my evaluation for my hips and range of motion to be with pain and a diagnoses of bilaterl hip strain. again i get denied because no doctor said it was do to service. then in 2011 i sent a primary care letter stating that i my bilateral hip pain could very well be related to service because of multiple rigors of life during service such as running and PT. Again this wasnt good enough, they stated i needed new evidence to re-open my claim and the doctor letter wasnt good enough because he didnt do a eval even though he was my primary also his letter didnt cite anything from my service records. i then got another letter from him after he read a few reports during service and he sent a new letter stating that he wishes to ammend the letter he already sent,,, it is now clear that the rigors of active duty are more likely than not created the issues with my current hip problems and stated the ortho reports from my service treatment records. so, i have a lot of records that rebut all the ro problems but they still deny and now i have a BVA hearing in D.C. on the 2nd week of may... can anyone ask me some questions so that i can prepare for this hearing ,,,, questions that they would ask or some problems that you see i might face... 1) Injury in service, 2)injury now. 3) Nexus or IMO. My 1 is (pain in hips and lower back during and after Physical Fitness Training My 2 is (treatment records and diagnosis of bilateral hip pain on movement diagnosis hip strain. My 3 is (service treatment records sating pain on movement diagnoses of hip strain. Also Dr. letter saying that the rigors of Physical Fitness during service such as running marching (multiple non-specific traumas to hips and back) more likely than not due to his service because of treatment records start with service and state pain with PT hips and back profile needed…
  9. 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 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, Gadevildog
  10. 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&P exam they awarded 50% PTSD for a combined rating of 60% in September 2012. I filed a NOD immediately and had another C&P in June 2013. In July they raised the percentage to 70% PTSD and a total of 80%.I then filed for IU and also another NOD on the original claim. In Jan 2014 they denied the IU. They also showed I had withdrawn my NOD to the original claim. (I contested this and in August they put the NOD back as active) I also have a rare cancer that was stage 4 when found in 2010 by the VA (not Service connected) Unlike most cancers, this is very slow growing but has no FDA approved treatment here in the US. (When found the VA told me to go home and get my affairs in order as they had no treatment for it) I went to Germany for 3 treatments in 2012 which halted the progression of the cancer. It did not cure it, but bought me some time. When I filed with SS for disability retirement, I filed for PTSD and when asked did I have any other conditions, I told them about the cancer. They looked it up and told me this cancer was on their automatic list and they could grant it immediately. The VA in their IU denial stated that I was IU, however since SS granted disability on the cancer, it was not service connected so they had to deny. I filed a NOD explaining I did not file with them or SS for disability on the cancer, but for PTSD. Along with the NOD I submitted a letter from the chief VA psychologist who was treating me who explained the severity of my PTSD and the added depression from the cancer diagnosis aggravated my PTSD symptoms and according to his treatment notes he advised retiring to alleviate stress for the last year before I actually retired. October 8th, I received a phone call from the DRO. She asked if I would take another C&P exam and then a hearing. I agreed. I had the C&P exam on Monday October 27th and the DRO hearing was scheduled for the following Thursday October 30. The C&P examiner volunteered at the end of my exam "you have taught me something today. I had an earlier exam today claiming depression and I could not see it. Yours is real. I feel it." Her words, I seen no reason the VA to deny you benefits. When I met with the VSO prior to the hearing, he was not even aware the DRO had scheduled another C&P exam. He tried to see if they had received it yet. They had not. We explained what the current exam Doctor had quoted and pointed out on the prior C&P exam June 2013 which raised it to 70% the Dr. had said I had already retired due to the Cancer at the time of the exam. This was incorrect. I did not retire until the month after that exam and retired due to my service connected disability PTSD. He went next door and spoke with the DRO and came back and asked would I settle for an informal hearing. I agreed. The VSO introduced us to the DRO and then went mute. My wife presented the case to the DRO explaining the above info and showing her the letter (which was supposed to have been in my file along with the NOD) to the DRO. She asked who this Dr. was that wrote the letter (It was on official VA letterhead and showed his official capacity with the VA and his credentials) My wife explained who he was. It was obvious she had not reviewed my file prior to the hearing. She said this would depend on what the C&P report said (we did not tell her what the C&P exam doctor had quoted to us) She also stated it was good this hearing was informal as she could move forward with her decision and notification should be forthcoming sooner since she would not have to wait for a transcription of the hearing. Does any of this mean anything?
  11. 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
  12. 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 Am. Leg. involved after I send in my Form 9. I need to get the Form 9 sent now since it has already been 30 days. I plan to send in, and then go to Am.Leg. to ask for assitance with the hearing. They are at the Philly VARO so its hard to go to them frequently to review paperwork, etc. I think my Form 9 is pretty clear to justify the request for BVA hearing. 3. I need to send the Form 9 in now to continue my claim, but I noticed at the bottom of the instructions that I might also be able to request a hearing at the Philly VARO in addition to filing the Form 9 to request a BVA hearing. I'm thinking the VARO hearing might be able to be processed faster than than the "out of DC" BVA hearing and it just might get me what I need. Is it possible to "double dip?" Any suggestions on that? Thanks for any suggestions --- and especially for the many benefits this forum provides! Cheers, Raybob
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