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I've Won One Claim So Far

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I have filed claims for a hearing loss which is currently on appeal but they granted me 10% on my tinitus. I have had the C&P exams for my migranes and depression and I'm not sure how they will turn out. I thought the one with the neurologist went better than the one with the shrink. Just wanted t say thanks for all the info I have found here.

Dick

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Congrats & keep working your other claims.

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Congrats!!!

Victory is sweet!!!!

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Good for you keep on plugging I am glad you won your first but make sure you follow-up on all claims

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Congrats and best of luck on your appeals. Keep all the dates in mind and ask questions; here there and everywhere if you need to. cg

I have filed claims for a hearing loss which is currently on appeal but they granted me 10% on my tinitus. I have had the C&P exams for my migranes and depression and I'm not sure how they will turn out. I thought the one with the neurologist went better than the one with the shrink. Just wanted t say thanks for all the info I have found here.

Dick

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10% is a foot in the door- You did great!

I assume your migraines and depression can be supported by your SMRs or an inservice event- a nexus they cannot quetion?

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There are a couple references in the copies my SMR that they sent me regarding headaches during welding but the records are not complete and I know this to be a fact and have told the VA this. The VA neuroligist that I saw for my C&P exam told me that migraines are genetic and can lay dormant for years or forever BUT are often triggered by something that gets them started. Mine started when I began welding for the navy and was poisoned by metal fume fever a few different times. I told the doc all of this so now I guess we wait and see what happens.

Dick

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Congrats on the tinnitus, I have this as a claim in the belfry also! Any advice is welcome this way too!

Regards your other claims, do you have an IMO opinion too? Its good to have a second opinion (civilian) as insurance if possible. Got a copy of your Cfile yet? If not, you may want to wait until recieving your claim response, then request it. I requested my CFile and only got copies of my SMRs initially, but had to re-request for the rest of the VA CFile claim data information copies.

Best to ya,cg

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When I went for the audio test the lady giving the test went out of her way to show it could not be realted to the service. VA granted the tinnitus but denied the hearing loss based only on her comments concerning my audio exam when I was discharged. The same frequencies I have hearing losses in now are the same ones that show up on the audio exam in question.

I do have a letter from my civilian doc that states "it is as least likely as not" that my headaches are a result of exposure to toxins in the military.

I am not sure what a Cfile is but am assuming it is the file where the approvals or denials are documented. Am I correct?

Dick

Congrats on the tinnitus, I have this as a claim in the belfry also! Any advice is welcome this way too!

Regards your other claims, do you have an IMO opinion too? Its good to have a second opinion (civilian) as insurance if possible. Got a copy of your Cfile yet? If not, you may want to wait until recieving your claim response, then request it. I requested my CFile and only got copies of my SMRs initially, but had to re-request for the rest of the VA CFile claim data information copies.

Best to ya,cg

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Dick, a C-file is a ©laims File. In this instance, YOUR Claims File.

Contained in your C-file is (or, at least, should be) EVERYthing. Seriously, dude, EVERYthing. EVERY piece of paper that you have given the VA, every piece of paper that the US military had on you (your SMR's (Service Medical Records) you personnel file, your enlistment papers, your DD214, etc.) and every piece of paper that the VA has given to you.

That, and your VA-generated medical records should be all the paper-trail existing.

It is a VERY good idea to either be in possession of copies of ALL the above.....or, at least, on occasion, to lay eyes on each of these pieces of paper.

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Well the VA gave me a hearing test and a hearing aid maybe one of these days I will just make a copy of the notes that enabled me to get the aid and file a new claim and if I get it I could get the life insurance in missed 17 years ago.

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I got a letter from the VA today and they have awarded 50% for my migraines and 50% for my depression on top of the 10% for the tinnitus that I had already won. That means according to VA math that I am now 80%. I really want to say thanks to everybody for the information that is on this site. I have read the letter about 5 times and still can't believe it.

Dick

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Way to go Dick, get your due and take care of yourself now. Congrats,cg

I got a letter from the VA today and they have awarded 50% for my migraines and 50% for my depression on top of the 10% for the tinnitus that I had already won. That means according to VA math that I am now 80%. I really want to say thanks to everybody for the information that is on this site. I have read the letter about 5 times and still can't believe it.

Dick

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Dick:

If you are happy than so are we. If you are not working you could be entitled to TDIU. Believe it or not the VA awards it to people who are over 65 not that I am implying that would be your case.

Many Veterans who do not know over look a lot of benefits.

Also if you stop working later you can apply for TDIU and unless they change it than it will be a slam dunk.

Hang around and help other Veterans.

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I am happy with the decision and plan on hanging around whenever I can. Thanks

Again.

Dick

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Alright, congrats,

I'm working on my appeal on hearing loss and tininitus. For osme reason the audiologist put on my exam that my moderate to severe hearing loss was not caused from acoustical traumm. She diagnosed moderate to severe in right ear, a little less in the left. I had a buddy letter with the claim form a buddy worked side by side with form California. He told of the loud blowers and how we had to scream at each other to talk, the 5 inch guns caching you off guard when you were close. He is 80% percent SCed just on his hearing, of course he is almost deaf. They blew air in my ears as part of the test and my tinnintus has been much worse since. I sopke with and a guy who has 4 years experience in audiology. He told me don't ever let them do that, it is damaging to the ears. More damage and no percentage. What really blew me away the audiologist stated after the test. I'll write this up and they may send you for more test or they may just give you a rating. Go figure.

Danang_1969

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Alright, congrats,

I'm working on my appeal on hearing loss and tininitus. For osme reason the audiologist put on my exam that my moderate to severe hearing loss was not caused from acoustical traumm. She diagnosed moderate to severe in right ear, a little less in the left. I had a buddy letter with the claim form a buddy worked side by side with form California. He told of the loud blowers and how we had to scream at each other to talk, the 5 inch guns caching you off guard when you were close. He is 80% percent SCed just on his hearing, of course he is almost deaf. They blew air in my ears as part of the test and my tinnintus has been much worse since. I sopke with and a guy who has 4 years experience in audiology. He told me don't ever let them do that, it is damaging to the ears. More damage and no percentage. What really blew me away the audiologist stated after the test. I'll write this up and they may send you for more test or they may just give you a rating. Go figure.

Danang_1969

The audiologist I saw said my hearing was "perfectly normal" upon discharge. The 2 audiograms in my service records spaced 3 years apart show different. Right ear is worse than the left. I took the numbers on my service audigrams and made a chart and submitted that with my appeal.

Dick

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