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Anyone Here Actually Rated More Than 0% For Hearing Loss?


My wife was sick and tired of repeating herself so she insisted I go to the VA. It was no secret that my hearing was bad. Failed tests at work every year. I worked on the flight deck of a carrier from 88'.-92'. SO I went.

I did some research online and it seems that a vet rated higher then 0% for hearing loss is as rare as hens teeth.

I was actually denied for my hearing even though I show hearing loss within the VA criteria. It seems that My exit hearing test in 1992 showed no hearing loss..... I don't recall taking an exit test.

Has anyone here actually been successful in claiming hearing loss and got a rating higher than 0%?

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Killemall, I have to disagree with the "your hearing loss will get worse as years go by," that's not a guarantee. Just about all the Nam Vet's I know, including myself,  have a HL SC  Rated at 0% and Tinnitus at 10%. I've been static since 1st tested at a C & P in 02/08. Tinnitus symptoms have worsened but Freq and Word Rec have remained the same, test results the same on a 2015 C & P and each time I get New Hearing Aids.

Vets could have a problem locating a non-VA ENT that uses the Recorded Maryland CNC Test. Costco and Sams Club as well as ENT's that use a Non - Recorded Word Recognition test, simply won't cut it.

Much easier to file for a HL Increase every couple years which results in a New C & P. What a Vet thinks personaly regarding his symptoms and Degree of HL are often quite different than the Professional Test Results.

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I understand that I am coming to the table late to reply, but I hope this experience is helpful.

I was lucky to have both an entrance and an exit hearing test from the service. My problem was typical, I knew I had tinnitus from the moment a cannon went off, and my ear buzzed for the next 50 years. Like others, I had no idea the VA had services to help me with this problem, and my wife told me to get help one day, so I was off to the VA. Within six weeks I was scheduled for a QTC exam, and I went, and the audiologist performed a hearing test. She was very quick, would not answer questions and I was out of the exam in under 30 minutes. I did not feel good about the experience and decided to bring ammo to the fight I felt was coming.

While waiting for a decision, I went and had four independent exams done. A couple was free from audiologists who were thankful for military service; the other two cost $75 and $125 which I felt necessary for the backup they gave. Each audiologist told me that my hearing was damaged and I was given copies of the exam. As I expected, the VA declined my QTC test and said I was within parameters of normal hearing. I decided to issue a Notice of Disagreement with the decision, and my VSO wrote it up and sent it to the VA along with the private audiologist test results.

I got a decision in six weeks and was awarded 30% and an additional 10% for tinnitus. 

I was happy that the extra work produced solid results so quickly. Now, three years later, I have noticed that my hearing has progressively gotten worse and I have scheduled a hearing test. I suspect we will go down the same road, but now I have a record, and the VA should be inclined to see a net loss. I'm hoping that's the case, backing up your claim with independent private sources is a powerful tool and argument the VA pays attention to.


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After a visit to the hearing lab I was rated 10% for tinnitus. I started life on a cannon cocker then moved to the infantry as a M60 machine gunner in Vietnam. When I asked about the hearing report they said it showed I was around a lot of very loud noises. I didn’t need to be a brain surgeon to understand that. They also gave me hearing aids.


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Buck has had a severe Hearing Impairment SC, for many years.

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