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Don't know what to do with a Menieres claim


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So I am asking the Menieres gurus here about my situation. I have 70% bilat. hearing loss, tinnitus @ 10% and vestibular disorder rated at 30%(max). I have a diagnosis from a specialist that the VA sent me to outside of the VA stating I have bilat. Menieres. I think I want to claim the meneires because of how bad it is and I believe I could get more than the vestibular disorder and get me up to 100%. I'm nervous about making waves and opening up a can for the VA to somehow mess with my rating. Just wondering what others would do really just for thoughts. I don't think I have anything to lose but also I have no trust in the VA. Thank you

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I'm not too familiar with hearing-related claims, but with all those issues, I can't help but ask if you ever filed a secondary claim for mental health related to them. Having all that vertigo and dizziness must be awful and may cause depression.

If you are not able to work because of your SC disabilities, you may consider filing for IU. That would at least be one way to quickly get paid at 100% level.

Consider reviewing this for some other ideas which may help boost your combined rating.

 

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Vync is right of course. Menieres can, as well as hearing loss can definately cause mh issues. It would be secondary, but a veteran by shopping around, can get an IMO for that, if his own doc can't/won't do it for him/her.

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Yes sorry I left that out of my list of issues but I have a rating of 50% for MH. Menieres is brutal and since vestibular disorder is already connected and I have the diag. it should go through but just concerned about rolling the dice I guess. You just never know what type of C&P doctor you will get and not many doctors know what Menieres does to people. I do work full time. Its hard but doable at the moment. Thanks

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If you are working you will not get TDIU.  I would try to get the Menieres SC and then go from there.  Even if you get to 100% scheduler you can still work.  Something that us guys with TDIU cannot do.

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I was thinking that myself. I enjoy working and I have a good job. They work with me on all these issues since I've been here for 20 years and I am a good employee. I think i'll have the DAV setup a intent to file. 

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16 hours ago, vetquest said:

If you are working you will not get TDIU.  I would try to get the Menieres SC and then go from there.  Even if you get to 100% scheduler you can still work.  Something that us guys with TDIU cannot do.

Here's some info about TDIU and the ability to still work in certain situations:

https://www.hillandponton.com/sheltered-employment-tdiu-benefits

 

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