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Is Tinittis Always Rated At 10%

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I was granted tinittis at the Bva. My question is, is it a givin that if you are granted tinittis you will receive 10% or can they rate at 0%?

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Thank's Simple fly, I'm very glad to hear that. Les

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Hopefully your medical evidence shows your Tinnitus as

persistent or recurrent, so you will get a 10 % award.



Service connection for Tinnitus can and is, many times granted at zero percent.

If the Medical Evidence shows slight, not persistent or non-recurrent Tinnitus,

service connection, at zero percent is allowed.

For Tinnitus to recieve an evaluation of 10 % it must be

1) subjective Tinnitus

2) persistent or recurring


It is maintained that the 10 percent evaluation for the veteran's

bilateral tinnitus should be effective November 20, 1987, because

there was evidence on file at that time that his tinnitus, which was

caused by acoustic trauma, was persistent. It is also contended that

a zero percent evaluation should not have been assigned for tinnitus

in November 1987 because there is no provision in the Schedule for

Rating Disabilities for a zero percent evaluation for tinnitus. With

respect to the assignment of a zero percent evaluation, we note that

a zero percent evaluation is warranted for a disability when the

minimum schedular evaluation for the disability requires residuals

and the required residuals are not shown. 38 C.F.R. § 4.31, as in

effect prior to October 6, l993.





Subpart A_General Policy in Rating

Sec. 4.31 Zero percent evaluations.

In every instance where the schedule does not provide a zero percent

evaluation for a diagnostic code, a zero percent evaluation shall be

assigned when the requirements for a compensable evaluation are not met.

[58 FR 52018, Oct. 6, 1993]

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I was granted tinittis at the Bva. My question is, is it a givin that if you are granted tinittis you will receive 10% or can they rate at 0%?

I was granted 10% for persistent tinittis.


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