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#1 kag1313

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 03:13 PM

Hello

I have a 10% rating for Tinnitus and 0% rating for hearing loss. I do suffer from Tinnitus every hour that I am not asleep. I am able to hold down a 40 hour per week job. Personally to me if a veteran suffers from constant tinnitus I think they should be compensated at a higher level.

What does it take to get a higher rating for this condition?

#2 Jim MAC

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 03:52 PM

Hello

I have a 10% rating for Tinnitus and 0% rating for hearing loss. I do suffer from Tinnitus every hour that I am not asleep. I am able to hold down a 40 hour per week job. Personally to me if a veteran suffers from constant tinnitus I think they should be compensated at a higher level.

What does it take to get a higher rating for this condition?

I know I am 10 percent also that is the highest the VA will pay if its one ear or two. I got lucky on my claim I had put in for high frequencey hearing loss and the examiner (from qtc can you beleive it) asked about ringing in my years I said yes the VA rated me on the ringing in my ears without even asking for it. They don't care weither its one ear or two 25 times a day or 2 times per week it still only 10 percent.
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#3 vetsvet

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 03:55 PM

it will always be 10 percent for bilateral tinnitus.

#4 Pete53

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 03:57 PM

I have had tinnitus for over 10 years and nothing from the VA except a cheap ass hearing aid

#5 carlie

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 04:44 PM

http://ecfr.gpoacces...-....38&idno=38


6260 Tinnitus,

recurrent10
Note (1):

A separate evaluation for tinnitus may be combined with an evaluation under diagnostic codes 6100, 6200, 6204, or other diagnostic code, except when tinnitus supports an evaluation under one of those diagnostic codes.

Note (2):

Assign only a single evaluation for recurrent tinnitus, whether the sound is perceived in one ear, both ears, or in the head.

Note (3):

Do not evaluate objective tinnitus (in which the sound is audible to other people and has a definable cause that may or may not be pathologic) under this diagnostic code, but evaluate it as part of any underlying condition causing it.

#6 bbknor

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:16 PM

Pete53, huh, my VA hearing aid don't work to good either. The ringing drowns out the sound. Got 0% for hearing loss and tinnitus.

#7 carlie

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Posted 17 April 2009 - 07:39 PM

bbknor,
If you were granted SC with a zero percent rating for Hearing loss and Tinnitus,
and your medical evidence from ENT or Audiology showsTinnitus is
subjective and recurrent, refile and get your 10 % for the Tinnitus.
jmho,
carlie