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Ole crusty bastard 16 February 2018 17:02

I've got 10% for the ringing and 0% for hearing loss in both ears, but they figured my job made it service connected, so the free hearing aids, battery's and service.

Note (3) in Fu King Lawyer's post had me laughing, as I've asked my wife several times if she could hear the ringing in my ears.

Rockville 17 February 2018 22:16

are the hearing aids digital or analog?

ramzmedic 18 February 2018 10:16

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rockville (Post 1058706921)
are the hearing aids digital or analog?

They're Bluetooth, so I presume digital.

Wes 18 February 2018 17:21

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Originally Posted by Fu King Lawyer (Post 1058706547)
razmedic,

It is, and to my point, "Typical ratings for hearing loss are 0% or 10%, but severe or profound hearing loss can qualify for a higher rating."

If anyone on SOCNET has received a higher rating for service-connected hearing loss/tinnitus, please share. This is a constant problem and I am sure someone has valuable experience in pursuing these claims.

I will be submitting my claim once I retire in however many years. I picked up my hearing aids from the VA this past week. The audiologist told me that I should have a clear case for 20% based on tinnitus and hearing loss in both ears. We shall see what the VA says on that.

I was given Signia hearing aids by Siemens. Retail (private) cost $6k (free for me). Batteries for life. I requested the non-fancy ones that are the smallest they can make. No Bluetooth or the like for me, yet. I just got them to ensure that I met deployment hearing standards.

Stretch 18 February 2018 17:39

Nothing to do with rated hearing loss...

Stretch Sr. recently got a pair of hearing aids. They have made a huge difference for him. Not Bluetooth, his phone is not that smart... :D

He is more engaged because he can hear conversations and NOT YELLING when he speaks.

Good luck!

wildman43 18 February 2018 19:17

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Originally Posted by Wes (Post 1058707013)
I will be submitting my claim once I retire in however many years. I picked up my hearing aids from the VA this past week. The audiologist told me that I should have a clear case for 20% based on tinnitus and hearing loss in both ears. We shall see what the VA says on that.

I was given Signia hearing aids by Siemens. Retail (private) cost $6k (free for me). Batteries for life. I requested the non-fancy ones that are the smallest they can make. No Bluetooth or the like for me, yet. I just got them to ensure that I met deployment hearing standards.


Don't wait until you retire file now,

ramzmedic 1 November 2018 10:08

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Originally Posted by wildman43 (Post 1058706180)
You got your rating increase when you got the hearing Aids

It's been a while since I read this thread. Mine were actually issued for hearing loss AND tinnitus. The hearing aids do not cure either problem, no more than a knee brace cures a busted knee I am receiving benefits for now. I still receive benefits even though the VA has issued me a knee brace and hearing aids.

Just Another Guy 1 November 2018 10:59

Question - How many years does it take to get them replaced through normal FWT?

ramzmedic 1 November 2018 11:57

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Originally Posted by Just Another Guy (Post 1058759208)
Question - How many years does it take to get them replaced through normal FWT?

Good question. I just read this as I was getting close to the Audiology clinic so I popped in there. According to one of the nurses that works with hearing aids, there's no longer a set time where you get them automatically replaced. If you think they are bad bad, not working or something like that, you go to the clinic and they will get you a new hearing test, and/or they will attempt to repair the ones you have. If they are unrepairable and the doc says you still need them then they will order you a new pair. But I can tell you if you break one like I did, I step on it and crushed it, they do replace it pretty soon.

hawkdrver 4 July 2019 23:26

Slightly off topic...just starting to look into hearing aids for my mom. Dad was retired mil and passed away a while back so she is SBP/Tricare.

From the little research I've done it looks like Tricare doesn't cover them at all. She needs them bad, so I'm OK going out of pocket if I have to. Anyone else have different info?

firstshirt 5 July 2019 07:49

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Originally Posted by Ole crusty bastard (Post 1058706663)
I've got 10% for the ringing and 0% for hearing loss in both ears, but they figured my job made it service connected, so the free hearing aids, battery's and service....

Same here. I have always been mystified as to how and why they'll give me money every month for something I claim to experience but that they can't measure or confirm while they won't compensate me for something that is easily and accurately measured.

Gsniper 5 July 2019 07:51

It's the VA top, don't be applying common sense to any of it. I'm SC for hearing loss in one ear, but not SC for the other.

You need to at ease that crazy ass common sense talk.


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