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Va Ace Phone Interview For Tinnitus Claim


Hey there, this is my second post and am still figuring it all out! So the nitty gritty....

I filed my claim for tinnitus in Sep '12. So on Jan 7 I had an ACE phone interview with someone from the VHA. He saked me 5 questions about my hearing, what I did on Active Duty, how my daily life is affected etc. So my question is this...how are they testing the tinnitus over the phone. Can such a call really give them enough information to determine whether or not I will be granted tinnitus. Has anyone else ever had an ACE exam? Does the ACE work in my favor or hurt me in the end?

I decided to look in ebenny (i know its not reliable) my claim went from under review to prep for decision in 2 days. How does that make sense? Should I be concerned about a denial since it moved so quickly?

Thanks so much for all of your help with this. I would also loke to say that this forum helped me immensely esp with my original claim. Special thanks to Tbird as well!!

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I hate to guess but I'm sure others will follow with more knowledge. Here's what I THINK:

Unless you are also claiming hearing loss the VA is treating TINNITUS as a presumptive condition based on your mos (military occupational specialty) AND your evidence/statements. I don't believe any machine can truly detect tinnitus so they may just be doing this as a way to expedite your claim. Seems like "expedite" is a poor choice of words since you filed back in Sept 2012 but this just reinforces how bad the backlog is!

I would take this as a good sign and wait until you receive the actual written decision in the mail. Again...really taking a stab at your question but hope it helps. Perhaps others can provide more regarding an ACE exam?


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Loose Cannon,

Is right on the Money, I have known a few Vets that got approved for Tinnitus over the phone. There is no official test for it, and they just look at your MOS and where you were stationed, and that's it. Tinnitus is the easiest SC condition for the VA rate, as long as you were in a MOS that was loud constantly and required hearing protection. Not a bad way for you to get an extra $155 a month, Lol.

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Sorry Kill,

I was a little off, the correct amount is $130.94

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I accidently put in the wrong date. I submitted my claim Sep 13. So it has only been a few months. I have just never heard of the ACE phone interview. Thought it was odd but hey, if it speeds up the process, I will take it.

When deployed, I worked around the flightline and the 'copters. My actual MOS was admin but rarely do you do your MOS when deployed. Esp when your unit has an abundance of people in a certain MOS!

I am still in the Prep for decision phase or rating or whatever. Is the consensus that the longer it takes, the better chance of winning are? My claim is in MN and I hear they are one of the fast RO's. Thanks a lot

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