VA disability claims for noise-related hearing loss or tinnitus, there are certain things you’ll want to do to help your case:
- Provide detailed statements that explain the noise exposure you experienced during your military service.
- Cite the sources of the noise such as the machinery you used or the environment you worked in.
- Cite the duration of the exposure, and explain the type of hearing protection available for use (including no protection).
Noise-related hearing loss affects many people in the military. Over 250,000 service members reported some type of hearing loss after being redeployed from the Gulf War, and over 350,000 service personnel have reported symptoms of tinnitus. Tinnitus is a ringing or humming sound or noise that comes from within the ear instead of a sound in the outside environment.
VA Tinnitus Claims (tinnitus is that incessant ringing in the ears that nearly every Veteran suffers from) are one of the most common VA Claims. And,VA Tinnitus Claims used to be one of the easiest to prove.
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities
How Does the Schedule of Rating Disabilities Work?
The VA Schedule of Rating Disabilities breaks down disabilities into different categories based on the part of the body impacted. Each category contains groups of medical issues. Each group of issues then contains a list of diagnoses, and each diagnosis has its own diagnostic code. Each diagnostic code specifies symptoms that are required for various ratings of disability.
Each level of severity then lists the symptoms you must suffer to qualify for the associated rating. For example, for a severe rating of 60% for an ulcer, you must have symptoms including periodic vomiting and only partial relief from ulcer therapy.
The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) annual edition is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government produced by the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the Government Publishing Office.