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I have a service connected hearing loss at 0%.  I've had a C&P as well as private hearing tests mfor the sake of some compensation.  My sensorineural (tone) testing reveals moderate to profound loss of hearing at different decibels in both ears, but I do well on the speech recognition test, so I get denied.  So, on the basis of the speech recognition test, my claim was denied.  Problem is, I can't hear very well.  My wife gets frustrated several times each day, repeating herself (two or three times), I need closed caption on television, I can't hear my phone ring, or the microwave or dishwasher beep.  I can't hear traffic approaching behind me.  I have to sit in the front row at meetings and conferences.  I've been permanently excused from jury duty based on my hearing reports.  The list goes on.
 
If I lived in a soundproof booth with headsets on (like when you take the speech recognition test), I could probably get by.  But that's not real life.
 
Any ideas on how to approach/resolve this hurtle?
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IMO you need to go and get hearing aids at the VA.  Even at 0% they will get you what you need.  but it sound like it is worse and you need to file for an increase.  

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Was the Hearing loss claim without an established nexus?

OOps ,I spoke too soon-

you did have a service connected "0"-that is better than a NSC "0".

Was the VA aware of the existence of your private audiologist's records?

If so, did the private audio reports confirm a hearing loss that is compensate-able?

Did he or she prescribe a hearing aid?

Hve you ever had your sinuses checked for infections?

Allergies can affect the ability to hear as well-just google sinus or allergies causing hearing loss and medical stuff with pop up.

Are you a Gulf War incountry veteran ?

I am asking becaue of the new Gulf War presumptives, due to hazardous environmntal exposures such as burn pits and oil well fire smoke.

 

 

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Hi Berta,

I'm a Vietnam War vet, had the full scope of ear exams (wax, infections, etc.) VA has 2-3 audio exams on me.  Not sure what the C&P examiner wrote. I'd like to get hearing aids from the VA, but my VSO told me I need at least some percent on my SC hearing loss.

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Ok.  Im a hearing loss Vet, and I also need Close captions.  You need to get the c and p exams, and read them.  

What is your Maryland CNC average hearing loss?  Yea, I know.  I get it.  Most people dont want to get their cfile and read it.  But, without it, its like playing baseball without a ball.  You can only take "so many" air swings..you need the ball to tell if you are actually hitting it or not.  In a similar way, you need your c and p exams, AND, quote the "reasons and bases for denial".  Speech discrimination is not a reason for denial, its built into the tables.  If you post your hearing decibel numbers, from your exam, someone (like me, or maybe even me) can calculate what your rating should be.  

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I'd like to get hearing aids from the VA, but my VSO told me I need at least some percent on my SC hearing loss.)

That is a LIE
 

you are service connected for hearling loss.

Call the VA and schedule an appointment for a hearing test and talk to the nurse.  Tell them your issue and ask for hearing aids.  You have a service connected condition.  They will cover what you need for it.

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