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Jp8 hearing loss

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If you were handling JP8, it sounds like you were likely in the vicinity of Aircraft.  

I dont know what your MOS is, but exposure to aircraft noise is known to cause hearing loss.  Im Service connected for hearing loss, in part, due to exposure to jet aircraft noise.  

Senso neural hearing loss is often due to noise exposure.   You would need to get a hearing test, and the audiologist could/would/may opine that your hearing loss is "at least as likely as not" due to noise exposure in the service.  

My inutitive guess is you are more likely to get SC for noise exposure rather than exposure to jet fuel, but you could ask your audiologist for a more qualified opinion.  

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I'd advise that you go to the Board Of Veterans Appeals website.

Click on BVA decisions.

When it opens, type in hearing loss due to JP8 exposure, and see if your search gives you any legal findings.

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i am working on this myself. i have lot of links regarding JP8 exposure and hearing problems inlcuding CAPD. see below

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Reference Websites:

2.      https://www.research.va.gov/pubs/docs/va_factsheets/HearingLoss.pdf

3.      https://www.research.va.gov/currents/spring2014/spring2014-11.cfm

4.      https://www.research.va.gov/topics/hearing.cfm

5.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24588226

6.      https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26237266

7.      https://n.neurology.org/content/90/15_Supplement/P3.119

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Just checking in if anyone has had any luck on one of these claims.  I had my hearing tested and they said it was within normal range of my baseline (or something like that).  I do seem to have issues understanding people sometimes, especially with background noise.  Its like I can't hear them, but more like described in the article where the sound is loud enough for me to hear, but gets garbled.

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SPO The problem for a lot of people is not that they don't have a hearing problem, but that it isn't bad enough to meet the VA scale for a disability. In other words, you have to have severe hearing loss to get a disability. It's amazing. I have a terrible time and only got 10%. Two things, however. If you get s-c for hearing, even if it is rated at 0%, you can always ask for a re-eval; those that do most often do get a 10% rating the next time. The other thing is to be sure to put in for tinnitus if it applies to you. They don't give it if you don't put in for it. Again, if you receive any rating for hearing, they almost always give you the tinnitus also. That is 10% if you are granted.IMO.

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Took me 6 years to get a rating for hearing loss was denied the 1st 3 times  and was service connected at 0%  when I did get S.C. Established  after that I applied for increase  got a 50% rating right off the bat I am dang near deaf  no hearing in my left ear what so ever  and about 60% hearing loss in the right ear   with hearing aid in, my hearing got so bad I could not work  could not understand people unless they shouted loud...finally got a 90 combined  rating  and 10% for tinnitus  they gave me the TDIU P&T

MY ADVICE IS JUST KEEP ASKING FOR INCREASE...YOU WILL GET IT BUT MOST OF THE TIME IT TAKES A FEW YEARS...HEARING  LOSS IS ONE OF THE HARDEST  DISABILITY'S TO GET.

Maybe because of the subjective testing, if you get a VA Audiologist that thinks your malingering   or over exaggerating your hearing loss  they will say you did not comply with the test and therefore the test can't be used for a rating purposes.

When your tested for your hearing at the VA make sure the headphones are covering your ears  the Audiologist is supposed to do that but most of them just say put the headphones on and close the door (if you hear them?) Anyway  you just sit there and answer the sounds you hear  or raise your hand when you hear these sounds good then answer or raise your hand   ..and repeat the word/words  that you think was said during the word discrimination test.

just do the best you can and be honest with in yourself.  this is a lifelong disability and Veterans like myself and broncovet and maybe a few others can relate to this unseen disability.

I hate having bad hearing  I can't enjoy life  or have fun with my kids when they were growing up and now its my grandkids  Hearing loss sucks big time.

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