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Tdiu..c@ps...possible Reduction?



Basically I meet the requirements.

Im currently unemployed and I have a 50% rating for hearing loss and a 10% rating for tinitus. They are both from the same group and combine to 55% and round up to 60% by VA math.

I also have shoulder and wrist disabilities that have my overall rating at 70%.

This all became effective in September 2014 (last month)

Tdiu was not inferred in my BBE.

I feel that I meet the requierments but aIm afraid to take the plunge.

Specifically Ive herd that when you apply for tdiu that they make you do c@p exams. Im quite happy with my 50% rating for hearing loss and Im afraid that if I have to do another c@p for my hearing loss that my rating for hearing loss could potentially be reduced. It could just aslikely be increased however I would hate to mess up a good thing.

So is that how it works? Do I have to do c@ps all over again if I claim tdiu or am I getting bad information?

Thank you for any help

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if your hearing loss prevents you from working or being gainfully employed sure go for an increase ask for the TDIU,

You probably will get sent a letter from your RO for you to go take a hearing test & it will be a comp & pen.

I would go get an IMO First if I was you and before you go for your comp & pen... to see if your hearing as got worse since your last hearing test...your Dr or your RO will probably have that test to review! comp & pens are not that bad just relax and tell the truth..if your 50% rated for hearing loss back then and your hearing has got worse by al means file for an increase.

Thank you for serving.

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A 50% hearing loss rating means your hearing loss is very severe. You probably can not understand most conversations. My hearing loss is only 10%...I can not understand hardly any children, many women, and can only understand men with deep voices who speak loud and annunciate well. I can not watch TV without closed captioning or a listening device, about 90 percent of the time. Any fan motor will drown out conversation. I have a close caption phone..supplied by VA, as well as hearing aids. You will know if your hearing tests are not right.

I can only understand my wife if she is within about 8 feet of me when she speaks. If she is in another room, then she may as well be speaking chinese. Even then, I dont understand her with lots of background noise, or if she has something in front of her face, such as her hands.

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I would review decisions by the Board of Veterans Appeals that are similar to your situation. These appeals can be a gauge as to how you should proceed with your own TDIU claim. I do believe you run the risk of a drop in rating with the hearing loss IMO. FYI, I don't have hearing loss but, I do suffer with severe Tinnitus. The VA may use hearing aids as the reasoning behind a potential drop in the rating......again IMO.

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