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Noise-Induced Hearing Loss - Meniere's Criteria


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Hi,

I hope you all are doing well these days. For some reason the "Google Custom Search" gives me search errors. Can anyone point or drop a link to the following issues:

NIHL - Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; and what the hearing loss criteria are?

Menieres'

T-Bird when I use the search function is returns the error in the attached PDF.

Thanks,

PJ

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Menieres rating info is in this fairly recent BVA decision:
http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files1/1412855.txt

It pays to check and see if the VA is using the proper diagnostic code...The decision explains what I mean.

(well, remand, not a decision)

This is a successful Noise induced HL claim:
In part:
"The Veteran alleges that the injury he sustained to his ears in service which has resulted in his current hearing loss was acoustic trauma as a result of exposure to loud noise because his duty in service was a gunner on a 155mm Howitzer. See Hearing Transcript, p. 3. The few service records that are in the file show that the Veteran was assigned to an artillery unit that did involve training on the 155mm Howitzer ("Btry B (155mm How), 1st FA Bn, 9th Arty"). The RO noted in the November 2008 Rating Decision that the Veteran's military occupational specialty (MOS) was artillery gunner. Accordingly, based on this evidence, the Board concludes that the Veteran was exposed to loud noise in service, and the remaining question in the case is whether there is a link between his current hearing loss and noise exposure in service."

Also:
"The VA examiner also stated that the Veteran reported having worn hearing protection in his civilian employment "for over 40 years" but then stated, "Hearing protection devices were not required or recommended before the 1970's, according to OSHA." Again, the examiner did not make clear the ramifications of these statements."


http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp13/Files1/1309002.txt

The Duty MOS list is here :



The link opens in Microsoft Excel as a spead sheet.

The VA FAst Letter
"Fast Letter 10-35
SUBJECT: Modifying the Development Process in Claims for Hearing Loss and/
or Tinnitus"

is here:

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