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C&P Exam for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus


What happens during a C&P exam for Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?

I stated, during veteran group discussion, that they do a full audiology exam and question about tinnitus symptoms.

Another group member stated, he didn't have a hearing test, but was questioned in detail only about tinnitus.

Another veteran said he didn't have a discharge hearing evaluation and that played into his favor because the doctor basically could't establish a baseline and went off of his MOS.

Lastly, one veteran was prescribed hearing aides (8 years); however I assume he was service connected due to notes about hearing loss in his VA file.


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 IF YOU HAVE THE SERVICE CONNECTION ESTABLISHED   meaning you lost your hearing due to your military service  your MOS will play a big part in this  or if you can prove you were around loud sudden noise during your military time.

If this C&P is at your VAMC  they will do a complete hearing test in all phases of the test including the Air Induction testing you will be tested by the VA Hearing loss guidelines  and they are very tough guidelines  the ENT in charge of the hearing clinic usually will be the examiner.

They will use the Maryland CNC word test.

As for as tinnitus you need to let the examiner know you have a sound in your head & they are constant  worse at bedtime  and describe the sounds  ...> ringing or a buzzing sound   crickets sounds ect,,,ect,,,,   what ever the sounds  sounds like to you  you need to tell the examiner usually before the test  but remind the examiner after the test too.

Not much to tell you about the test other than answer all questions honestly  and when you hear the tones  raise your hand or squeeze  the button when you hear these tones very good.

get a copy of this test about 3 to 5 days later after they enter it in your files.

IF  you show no hearing loss or you do show a hearing loss at this exam that does not meet the VA Requirement for service connected and a rating granted ?? 

It maybe beneficial to you to get a( IMO) Independent medical opinion from a  State certified Private Specialist ENT Dr For a hearing test.

  Just be open and honest with the private Dr  let him know you don't think you got a fair assessment from the VA Dr's  and have him to read your pertinent records &the test and examine you & test you using the VA Criteria & Guidelines to Include the Maryland CNC Word Test.

You can use the private Dr's opinion as evidence that your hearing is bad and to the degree the Dr' Mention.

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I had my Hearing and Tinnitus exam back in 2018. It is the normal hearing exam. For the tinnitus they ask about symptoms, when did it start, your MOS (Look for the FAST 10-35 Letter). My MOS (11B2P) was in there as High Probability of Hearing issues.  I explained a lot of live fire exercises (was in at end of Gulf 1 and Gulf 2, never deployed), airplanes, helicopters, etc.  Explained when the symptoms occurred (grenade simulator went off 10 feet from my head and I had no ear pro in)  Granted the 10%.  Don't lie. Explain the incidents of loud noises.  Good luck and report back!

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