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Service Connection Granted , now what ?

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Hello everyone , I'm new to the site and new to the VA as far as Disability and ratings go . I'm not sure if this post is in the right area so feel free to move it if needed.  

Army 13 Bravo 87-91

filed a claim on bilateral hearing loss and tinnitus in December 2015, in January I was called back to the VA for another test and February 8th I was granted service connection for both with a 10% on Tinnitus and 0% for the hearing loss. I am somewhat confused by the 0% Rating for the bilateral hearing loss , the reason for the 0 rating was given as a speech discrimination in right ear of 86 with avg dB loss of 46 and left ear SD of 88 with avg dB loss of 44

   The audiologist also noted a moderate to severe sensoneuroial damage to both ears 

my ear problems started at Ft Bragg 8/88 with a field training exercise where someone threw a simulator grenade under the net of our gun in the middle of the night which landed very Near my sleeping bag . I Couldn't hear for a couple days and ringing off and on since. I wore hearing protection during all live fire missions but not while sleeping on a dry fire training exercise. At that time a hearing test was done which is on record as showing hearing loss at higher hertz levels. The pre enlistment hearing test also showed perfect hearing. 

My Hearing has progressively gotten worse over the years and I really hadn't thought of filing for a claim until a hearing test was done at the VA in 2010 and the audiologist at the time recommended I file , I stewed on it and figured it would be a long drawn out hassle and not worth my time . I was issued hearing aids and life went on. Well I finally filed in December as stated due to the worsening of both conditions and was absolutely floored that a decision was made in 6 weeks which was somewhat favorable.  A friend suggested I add the sensoneuroial loss (since their most recent audiologist added this in her findings during the January 16 test) to the claim and ask for an increase in rating on the hearing loss, which I have done . Also everything has been done electronically online at the eBenefits site up to this point. 

 My questions are many but I guess I just wanted to see if there is anything else I should do or if there has been something I have done wrong up to this point to cause the 0% rating ? I uploaded copies of the audiologist statements about the sensoneuroial damage with my last request also. Any suggestions or recommendations would be appreciated , Thank you for this outlet and resource. I have been reading through a bunch of posts today and thought id introduce myself.  

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I emailed my PCP yesterday through the secure messaging app and hopefully he will respond sometime today , he is usually pretty fast on that stuff .

Another thing that happened yesterday that I'm not sure I understand  , I received a retroactive paper check from Treasury issued on 2/12/16 for one month , I then went online and setup the direct deposit . My start date according to my award letter was Jan 1 2016 . Yesterday I got a notification that a deposit was made to my bank account for another month. I am afraid that they may have paid me twice so wasn't sure and thought I would ask you guys. I was under the impression from reading the Ebenefits site that the check was issued in February for January and my February payment would come in March . Afraid to touch the money lol

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Just my opinion

Most veterans get a deny for hearing loss first time claim  then he NOD and is sent to C&P and is given a S.C. but at 0%, then later files for increase  and its what the Audologist writes down as for as testing purposes, the VA Criteria is very high to get any rating % .

 If your hearing at 50% That is very bad hearing, damn near deaf.

I tell veterans to just keep on and Appeal their decision if he/she feels it is not right & the best way to trump the VA is with a private specialist certified License audiologist, if your 0% S.C. this is a little easier to do.

just make sure the private Dr goes by the VA Criteria  & Maryland CNC word test.

 

..........Buck 

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Don't spend it just yet   just put it in another account for now.

call the 1-800 Number and ask them to figure it out and what are you suppose to do   just ask them plan is this your $$  and have them to send you an email to confirm it.  if they say  yes its yours...usually they pay for the next month  if your claim is decided on Dec 1st  then they pay from Feb 1st...that's the way I understand it.

but I certainly could be wrong    so when your not sure   just set that $$ aside and have the VA to figure it out   if the say send it back then you will have it to send back...anyway that's what I'd do.

 

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Bigwrench

Don't spend it just yet   just put it in another account for now.

call the 1-800 Number and ask them to figure it out and what are you suppose to do   just ask them plan is this your $$  and have them to send you an email to confirm it.  if they say  yes its yours...usually they pay for the next month  if your claim is decided on Dec 1st  then they pay from Feb 1st...that's the way I understand it.

but I certainly could be wrong    so when your not sure   just set that $$ aside and have the VA to figure it out   if the say send it back then you will have it to send back...anyway that's what I'd do.

 

............Buck

Thanks Buck I was afraid to do anything with it lol

Ill give them a call and see what they can tell me

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It is good that you were at least rated at 0%. I have been using hearing aids now for over 13 years and I will tell you that the last set I got in Dec of 2015 are by far the best I have had. I was rated 0% for 9 years and then went to 30% for HL. One of the things you want to ask for is the Bluetooth device that will enable you to talk on your cell phone thru your hearing aids.  The new one I have is great I also use it to listen to the TV. I absolutely cannot talk to any Latins or Orientals  on the phone I do not understand them even with hearing aids. An audiologist at the VA told me your aids should last about three years.  Also, there is a hearing test being used in the civilian sector that has background noise with it. A much more realistic test but, the VA will probably never use it because all of us would probably be rated over 50%.

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