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Tinnitus

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Hello, I am active duty and I work in a pretty loud enviroment and had ssome loud trauma to my ears. I have had a hearing test that came back pretty good and been seen by ENT I do have recurrent tinnitus it comes and goes for that last several months and it is documented in my medical record. I get out in 10 months what should I expect for the C&P exam? Would I get rated for this?

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The max rating for tinnitus is 10% and that's the same for one or both ears. They just give you the usual hearing exam and technically there is no way, I know of, to actually test for it. It's not something they can see or hear, to confirm that you really have it.

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Hello, I am active duty and I work in a pretty loud enviroment and had ssome loud trauma to my ears. I have had a hearing test that came back pretty good and been seen by ENT I do have recurrent tinnitus it comes and goes for that last several months and it is documented in my medical record. I get out in 10 months what should I expect for the C&P exam? Would I get rated for this?

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In addition to Philip Rogers' post, be reminded to get any and all medical conditions and treatments documented in your official medical records, get copies of you medical records and personnel records, and remember that all conditions noted in your medical records are presumptive if claimed within 1 year of your separation.

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Subjective recurrent Tinnitus comps at 10 percent.

See below for Objective Tinnitus

Note (2): Assign only a single evaluation for recurrent tinnitus, whether the sound is perceived in one ear, both ears, or in the head. Note (3): Do not evaluate objective tinnitus (in which the sound is audible to other people and has a definable cause that may or may not be pathologic) under this diagnostic code, but evaluate it as part of any underlying condition causing it.

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If you apply at VA for 10% tinnitus, you need to show that you were around lots of loud noise. Example: artillery, infantry (around fired weapons), jet jockey or repair. Your MOS will help if it shows you around any kind of noise. You need to be very specific when applying. I had an audiologist (retired Air Force) write a support letter to VA about all these things, as well as document the tinnitus disease. Good luck.

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So by having it documented in my medical record is not good enough? what do I need to be specific about?

How do they consider it recurrent?

I work in a pretty noisy enviroment( MRI department) There is a constant noise from the machines.

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