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Anyone Being Compensated For Meniere's Disease?



I have another thread open on hearing loss, but thought I would start one on Meniere's disease.

I have a hearing loss in my right ear and am getting 10% for it. I had filed a claim for Meniere's disease because in the audiologist report it specifically says that the hearing loss is "at least liklely as not to have been caused by active duty AND Meniere's disease." I got out in 1995 and had exploratory ear surgery in 1997 and was the conlusion in the post-op report of my ent dr. that it was Meniere's disease. My hearing loss started, obvioulsy while on active duty.

The claim for Meniere's disease was denied because the VA felt that it was not due to military service.

My question is, can it not be reasonably assumed that the onset of Meniere's disease started occuring during active duty? I know this disease is one of those that is hard to prove, but the operation was only two years out of service.

Would it be worth it to file a NOD or should I just let it go?

Thank you in advance for your help!!!!!!

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Thanks, Carlie. I always forget about that little "search" button. That was a wealth of knowledge.

It did not answer one question, though. Since technically I was not diagnosed for Meniere's while in service, only hearing loss, would it be worth my time to file a NOD on the denial that it was not service related? My arguement would be that the hearing loss incurred during active duty could have been the onset of Meniere's disease.

I am afraid of putting in another claim for vertigo after being denied Meniere's because the VA may think I am just chasing the compensation. Only reason I put in a claim for the Meniere's disease is because I was diagnosed with it shortly after my discharge AND the VA examiner for my hearing loss claim speicfically said that my hearing loss was from acrive duty and Meniere's. Just confused!!


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