It’s not uncommon for veterans to suffer hearing loss after active duty service.
Explosions, gunshots, and other loud noises can destroy your ability to hear. Ourwork hard to help you get the compensation you need. If your claim for VA disability has been denied, give us a call.
Our veterans attorneys in Kalamazoo, MI are ready to help you through each step of the VA appeal process.
VA Disability Ratings for Hearing Loss
If the VA determines your hearing loss is connected to your military service, they’ll give you a rating. People with little to no hearing ability are given the highest ratings. Our VA disability lawyers will help you collect the evidence you need to prove your claim. That way, the VA will give you the most appropriate disability rating based on the extent of your hearing loss.
Tinnitus is a separate (yet related) condition that causes a person to hear things that don’t exist. The most common symptom of tinnitus is ringing in the ears. Yet, veterans with tinnitus may also hear whooshing, buzzing, roaring, whistling, or hissing. In extremely rare cases, people with tinnitus have even claimed to hear music. The maximum VA disability rating for tinnitus is 10%.
Get an Official Diagnosis
Your first step to getting the VA disability benefits you deserve will be to get an official diagnosis of hearing loss.
We recommend you schedule an appointment with an audiologist as soon as possible. That way, you’ll be able to start building your case for service-connected hearing loss.
The audiologist will be able to diagnose and determine the extent of your hearing loss. All of this medical documentation will be beneficial for proving your claim to the VA.
Our VA disability attorneys can also help you schedule an Independent Medical Examination (IME). An IME doctor has no connection to you or the VA, which makes their medical option more valid in the eyes of the VA.
Our VA disability lawyers can help you gather the evidence you need to prove service-connected hearing loss. For example, our VA lawyers can help you collect what are called “buddy letters.” A buddy letter is a statement from a friend, family member, or co-worker describing the extent of your service-connected condition.
In your situation, a buddy letter would describe how hearing loss affects your ability to complete certain tasks or engage with the community. It may also go into detail about how your service-connected hearing loss affects your quality of life. A buddy letter is just one of many different pieces of evidence our VA lawyers can help you collect to strengthen your case. Our goal is to help you receive the compensation you deserve for hearing loss connected to military service.
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