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Hollis

Hearing And Tinnitus

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This post is for my oldest brother.By the way he is 70 yo. anyway the VA has given him hearing aids, a wheel chair, a new ramp and a power chair. But he is not SC. The VA sent him to a GOVT. HEARING CONTRACTOR for a hearing test. The test was the 8 of Aug.he was told he had a hearing bad loss. So he got a letter Wed and he was denied, again. He went to get a copy of her report, she told him that she wasn't allow to give out that infromation. QUESTION here is she right? My brother never served in combat he was a helicopter machanic. so any help or advice here would be greatly .

thanks

his little brother

Hollis

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I was denied for years even though my MOS Generator repair maintenance on a military flight line of choppers. I also served combat for a while before my MOS position opened up. Many of US Vietnam vets did many different jobs while in the nam. I lot of which are not in our records.

Lucky I had some pictures taken and was able to hook up with some old buds after.

Run this past your brother and see if it jogs his memory a little. I know it has been a long time but because I suffer from PTSD I dream and think about it often seems like yesterday!

I was finally awarded 70% hearing loss and 10% tinnitus back to 2008.

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I also was denied several times since 1989. I finally went to an ENT doctor who wrote up a letter stating that my hearing loss and tinnitus were due to military jobs that I did during my enlistment. I also provided the VA with a list of jobs I did since I got out in 1971. None of the jobs were of the type that had any hazardous noise exposure. Plus I also had my wife write a buddy letter stating that the jobs I had listed were jobs that I had worked on after I got out of the military. I also got in touch with some of my military buddies and they also wrote buddy letters for me. They wrote about the hazardous noise conditions we worked in and the lack of hearing conservation programs at the time. The Va wrote in one of the denial letters that I had not complained about hearing loss or tinnitus during my enlistment. While that was true that I did not complain at the time about hearing loss or tinnitus, I provided the VA with info I had obtained. That info stated that in some cases hearing loss and tinnitus could happen immediately after exposure, but in many cases it may take decades before hearing loss or tinnitus becomes apparent. There are many hazardous exposures that military service people have been exposed to. The medical conditions associated with those exposures might take years or decades to appear, but the VA will say you did not complain about any problems associated with those exposures. There is info on the internet and on the VA web site that you can use in the claim. I used the VA's own info on hearing loss and tinnitus as a basis as to how long it might take hearing loss and tinnitus to become apparent. The VA does the same thing about asbestos exposure. It turn me down on a claim having to do with asbestos exposure because I did not have any symptoms and that I did not complain in the 1960's and 1970's about the asbestos exposure. In other words they put the monkey on my back and I countered with how was I supposed to know about the dangers of asbestos exposure back then when even the Navy made no effort to protect me and countless other sailors. I looked up info on the VA web site and other web sites that dealt with asbestos exposures. Almost all of them stated that medical problems associated with asbestos exposure could take years or decades before manifesting themselves. I sent copies of the info I found with the VA claim. I also got buddy letters stating that we were exposed to asbestos and the lack of asbestos exposure protection and lack of information on the hazards of asbestos exposure.

As I have stated before the VA will deny a claim stating that the veteran did complain at the time about the disability. We hear that time and time again. There are ways to overcome it, but it takes time and effort.

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I have VA doctors who admit that my husband's hearing loss is because of a service connection, and they still denied him.

I have records that state that his hearing was near perfect when he enlisted in 67, and within a couple of years, he started having problems with his ears. 58 times he visited doctors, who said he had profound hearing loss, yet they keep denying him.

They give him tinnitus, they don't give him hearing loss.

They hope that people are asleep, and don't realize that tinnitus and hearing loss are two totally different things. I've been researching this for the last year for my husband, and the more research I do, the angrier I get.

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