Even though tinnitus is the most claimed disability among military service members, it is also often denied by the VA. In order to make sure your claim is accepted, it is vitally important to know the correct “do’s” and “don’ts” while filing with the VA.
This video will take you through exactly what you need to know in order to have the best chance at getting your tinnitus claim accepted, including what tinnitus is, the different types of tinnitus, how to file your claim, what the VA looks for, and how to qualify for additional help.
Many veterans do not notice that they suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus until years after their discharge, and VA will routinely deny claims for these conditions due to the delay in filing for benefits. An appeal is typically needed to win these claims.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a noise that you hear in your ears, such as a buzzing or ringing that happens again and again, or consistently. The only disability rating available for tinnitus is 10%. A 10% disability rating will be assigned whether you have ringing in one ear or in both ears, you cannot receive a 20% rating due to tinnitus in both ears. However, there can be a higher percentage available for those whose condition is so severe that it is debilitating or prevents you from working. You may be able to seek an extra schedular rating for your tinnitus in excess of the 10 percent limit in the Schedule of Impairment Ratings.
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