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I may be wrong but if so someone will come back and correct me. You do not get a rating just for wearing hearing aids. You get a rating based on how much hearing loss you have. My husband wears hearing aids and is service connected for hearing loss, but based on the rating table, he gets 0% compensation because they don't consider his hearing loss bad enough for compensation. You would think if it is bad enough that he needs hearing aids that there would be a rating greater than 0%, but that is not how they rate it.

Hope this has been of some help to you.

mssoup

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I too wear hearing aids but only received a rating of 0%. The va is the only one that would say you have a hearing loss give you hearing aids and then say with a 0% rating that the hearing loss is not real....go figure!

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Thanks all! Yes it is strange that the VA gave this veteran hearing aids and service connected his hearing loss at 0%. They say that because he has not been hospitalized or have any occupational records stating that he missed work is why he is at 0%. I am quite sure if he was to use hearing loss to stay out of work he would be fired. Can't understand why hearing aids are not given a rating.

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You really have to be bad off on hearing to get a compensable rating.

I also am SC'd, hearing loss - right ear zero %. VA provides my hearing aid and batteries. Trouble is, when I have suppurative otitis the hearing aid is of no help.

carlie

TITLE 38--PENSIONS, BONUSES, AND VETERANS' RELIEF

CHAPTER I--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES--Table of Contents

Subpart B--Disability Ratings

Sec. 4.85 Evaluation of hearing impairment.

(a) An examination for hearing impairment for VA purposes must be

conducted by a state-licensed audiologist and must include a controlled

speech discrimination test (Maryland CNC) and a puretone audiometry

test. Examinations will be conducted without the use of hearing aids.

(:P Table VI, ``Numeric Designation of Hearing Impairment Based on

Puretone Threshold Average and Speech Discrimination,'' is used to

determine a Roman numeral designation (I through XI) for hearing

impairment based on a combination of the percent of speech

discrimination (horizontal rows) and the puretone threshold average

(vertical columns). The Roman numeral designation is located at the

point where the percentage of speech discrimination and puretone

threshold average intersect.

© Table VIa, ``Numeric Designation of Hearing Impairment Based

Only on Puretone Threshold Average,'' is used to determine a Roman

numeral designation (I through XI) for hearing impairment based only on

the puretone threshold average. Table VIa will be used when the examiner

certifies that use of the speech discrimination test is not appropriate

because of language difficulties, inconsistent speech discrimination

scores, etc., or when indicated under the provisions of Sec. 4.86.

(d) ``Puretone threshold average,'' as used in Tables VI and VIa, is

the sum of the puretone thresholds at 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 Hertz,

divided by four. This average is used in all cases (including those in

Sec. 4.86) to determine the Roman numeral designation for hearing

impairment from Table VI or VIa.

(e) Table VII, ``Percentage Evaluations for Hearing Impairment,'' is

used to determine the percentage evaluation by combining the Roman

numeral designations for hearing impairment of each ear. The horizontal

rows represent the ear having the better hearing and the vertical

columns the ear having the poorer hearing. The percentage evaluation is

located at the point where the row and column intersect.

(f) If impaired hearing is service-connected in only one ear, in

order to determine the percentage evaluation from Table VII, the non-

service-connected ear will be assigned a Roman Numeral designation for

hearing impairment of I, subject to the provisions of Sec. 3.383 of this

chapter.

(g) When evaluating any claim for impaired hearing, refer to

Sec. 3.350 of this chapter to determine whether the veteran may be

entitled to special monthly compensation due either to deafness, or to

deafness in combination with other specified disabilities.

(h) Numeric tables VI, VIA*, and VII.

[[Page 402]]

You really have to be bad off on hearing to get a compensable rating.

I also am SC'd, hearing loss - right ear zero %. VA provides my hearing aid and batteries. Trouble is, when I have suppurative otitis the hearing aid is of no help.

carlie

TITLE 38--PENSIONS, BONUSES, AND VETERANS' RELIEF

CHAPTER I--DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

PART 4--SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES--Table of Contents

Subpart B--Disability Ratings

Sec. 4.85 Evaluation of hearing impairment.

(a) An examination for hearing impairment for VA purposes must be

conducted by a state-licensed audiologist and must include a controlled

speech discrimination test (Maryland CNC) and a puretone audiometry

test. Examinations will be conducted without the use of hearing aids.

(B) Table VI, ``Numeric Designation of Hearing Impairment Based on

Puretone Threshold Average and Speech Discrimination,'' is used to

determine a Roman numeral designation (I through XI) for hearing

impairment based on a combination of the percent of speech

discrimination (horizontal rows) and the puretone threshold average

(vertical columns). The Roman numeral designation is located at the

point where the percentage of speech discrimination and puretone

threshold average intersect.

© Table VIa, ``Numeric Designation of Hearing Impairment Based

Only on Puretone Threshold Average,'' is used to determine a Roman

numeral designation (I through XI) for hearing impairment based only on

the puretone threshold average. Table VIa will be used when the examiner

certifies that use of the speech discrimination test is not appropriate

because of language difficulties, inconsistent speech discrimination

scores, etc., or when indicated under the provisions of Sec. 4.86.

(d) ``Puretone threshold average,'' as used in Tables VI and VIa, is

the sum of the puretone thresholds at 1000, 2000, 3000 and 4000 Hertz,

divided by four. This average is used in all cases (including those in

Sec. 4.86) to determine the Roman numeral designation for hearing

impairment from Table VI or VIa.

(e) Table VII, ``Percentage Evaluations for Hearing Impairment,'' is

used to determine the percentage evaluation by combining the Roman

numeral designations for hearing impairment of each ear. The horizontal

rows represent the ear having the better hearing and the vertical

columns the ear having the poorer hearing. The percentage evaluation is

located at the point where the row and column intersect.

(f) If impaired hearing is service-connected in only one ear, in

order to determine the percentage evaluation from Table VII, the non-

service-connected ear will be assigned a Roman Numeral designation for

hearing impairment of I, subject to the provisions of Sec. 3.383 of this

chapter.

(g) When evaluating any claim for impaired hearing, refer to

Sec. 3.350 of this chapter to determine whether the veteran may be

entitled to special monthly compensation due either to deafness, or to

deafness in combination with other specified disabilities.

(h) Numeric tables VI, VIA*, and VII.

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I know what I am going to say may erk some, but it is not my entent to do so, just to explain the VA thinking on the hearing lose.

Since with the help of hearing aids hou have no loss of income earning, their is no percentage other than 0 that they can give you for it.

Now if you should find that the help of the hearing aids, does not help sufficiently for you to make a living at some type of work, then you could possibly then show a reason for compensation.

I know that you feel your compensation should be based on the amount of loss to your hearing without the hearing aids, but you would have to get Congress to rewrite the law to get the actual physical loss of hearing service connected.

Then again, their are some hearing loss issues that cannot be rectified by hearing aids and those I believe do get a ratable rate.

It's a bum deal I know.

Jim S. :P

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Not to upset anyone but I know 2 people with hearing aid and both recieve compensation. It is base on your hearing wihtout hearing aids. they go by the numbers and what the examer puts down. I have 40% and 10% tininutes

thanks

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