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What is the maximum percentage a person can receive with a complete hearing loss in one ear? I am currently getting 10% for a right ear hearing loss.

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http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2008/julqtr/38cfr4.87.htm

all hearing loss ratings.Some go up to 100% depending on other factors.

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What is the maximum percentage a person can receive with a complete hearing loss in one ear? I am currently getting 10% for a right ear hearing loss.

Thanks!!

HvyGns,

If I remember correctly, as long as hearing is acceptable in one ear it won't go as high as

100 percent for one ear totally deaf.

carlie

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Thank you for the replies!!

Carlie,

I kind of figured it would not make it to 100%. I am just curious if, according to the VA, that 10% is the maximum allowable for hearing loss. Should I send a NOD, because I do have gate problems, at times?

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Thank you for the replies!!

Carlie,

I kind of figured it would not make it to 100%. I am just curious if, according to the VA, that 10% is the maximum allowable for hearing loss. Should I send a NOD, because I do have gate problems, at times?

HvyGns,

I certainly feel the regs allow for you to get higher than 10 percent - but with good hearing in one ear,

less than 100 percent.

Did Audiology state you have gait problems due to your Hearing loss?

I'm going to send a shout out for this thread to any experts out there.

jmho,

carlie

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Good morning Carlie,

No, nothing was mentioned in my hearing test that mentioned gait problems. Actually, she never asked me about gait problems during the exam. However, it did say that "it was at least likely as not caused by active duty AND Meneire's disease." I filed a claim for Meneire's disease, but it was rejected because the VA said that it was not due to military service.

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Still can't find or decipher the ratings guide on hearing loss. Anybody on here have a percentage assigned for hearing loss in one ear?

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Percentage of disability for hearing loss will have to be determined according to whether one or both ears are affected (that's why G-d gave us two ears, just in case one tripped it's circuit breaker). So, for me to give you a percentage of disability without knowing your Puretone "scores" for one ear then the other would be impossible. Suffice it to say that 10% is the lowest rating for hearing loss and 100% (with possible SMC award, also) is the highest.

IMPAIRMENT OF AUDITORY ACUITY

§ 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.

(:) 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 § 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 § 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 § 3.383 of this chapter.

(g) When evaluating any claim for

impaired hearing, refer to § 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.

Please refer to the complete tables that accompany the above CFR's as relate to hearing loss.

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By-the-way, I am now awaiting my new hearing aids from the VA Medical Center.

I am moderately to severly deaf in both ears.

My new hearing aids are supposed to be "state-of-the-art" and cost somewhere between $2K and $3K each.

THANK YOU V.A.!

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Thanks Larry. I will get the puretone numbers posted tonight and we can go from there.

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State of the Art 30 years ago LOL

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Pete,

In my experience with VA provided hearing aids,

they really are providing the most technically updated ones

on the market.

Bay Pines VAMC even gets the newer ones prior to the

private sector.

But from what else I've also learned - newer and higher tech

isn't always better.

At least in my case - it isn't.

Also, the type one gets depends on their specific hearing loss and

the reason for it.

It does continue to hold true that certain types of hearing loss

will be improved to the best possible, with the larger hearing aids that also

come into contact somehow with the mastoid bone.

jmho,

carlie

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Gosh, Pete, I hope what the audiologist (who turned out to be a ear,nose,throat m.d.) told me about my new hearing aids was telling me the truth about them being all up-to-date, etc. See, I put off seeing anyone about my hearing (denial) loss. My Grandmother was profoundly deaf, as was her daughter, my Mother, and my Brother was also deaf............................and I was concerned that I may wind up the same way...........so, I put it off, even though my Wife had told me for several years that I was having trouble hearing.

I love music so much, it is about the only thing that I get much pleasure from...............drat!

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I think they will provide you with a respectable type of hearing aid. I got one a couple of years ago, and they really do determine the most suitable one for your hearing loss and speech discrimination. They do have quite a variety but do attempt to adjust deficits with a compatable appliance.

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I am going to check into the hearing aid. I'm sure everyone that I talk to are sick and tired of having to repeat themselves. :)

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My husband got his hearing aids this year. They are siemans brand and are tiny and have mproved his hearing dramatically. We went to see a private audiologist for his hearing loss claim and they were surprised the VA was providing such good hearing aids and that the ones he got were about $2999 in the private sector and difficult to get on most insurance, he was impressed and glad he can hear again, but I don't have any excuse to yell at him any more! LOL! Drat!

B) :)

I am going to check into the hearing aid. I'm sure everyone that I talk to are sick and tired of having to repeat themselves. :)
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My husband got his hearing aids this year. They are siemans brand and are tiny and have mproved his hearing dramatically. We went to see a private audiologist for his hearing loss claim and they were surprised the VA was providing such good hearing aids and that the ones he got were about $2999 in the private sector and difficult to get on most insurance, he was impressed and glad he can hear again, but I don't have any excuse to yell at him any more! LOL! Drat!

B) :)

And, whenever my Grandmother DIDN'T WANT to hear something........................."WELL, no wonder I didn't hear you. My batteries are dead."

I'm working on remembering that one.

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