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Hearing Loss and Tinitus

Post by HansBlix on Sun 16 Apr 2017, 07:58

Just looking for advice on this topic and there seems a lot of knowledgeable people on here. I submitted 2 applications at the same time back in 2011...one for tinnitus and one for hearing loss both ears. The application for tinnitus came back as approved at 11% but I did not receive any decision at all on the application for hearing loss both ears. Does anyone know if VAC considers both as the same condition and therefore the 11% covers both applications or are they usually separate claims? Just looking for some advice on whether I should even bother reaching out to VAC on this.....really have a hard time motivating myself to deal with the procedures and processes that is VAC (as you can tell, been inactive on this particular one since 2011). Any advice would be appreciated!! Thanks.

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Re: Hearing Loss and Tinitus

Post by bigrex on Sun 16 Apr 2017, 10:59

Hearing loss and tinnitus are normally decided separately. So since you never received a decision specifically for your hearing loss claim, I would say that it was either lost in their system and never made it to the decision level, or that they may have sent you a letter requesting additional information, such as a requesting an up to date audiology report, that was lost in the mail. If the latter was the case, your claim would have been suspended until that info was received. Then once they failed to get that information, they likely eventually closed your claim. So the first thing I would do, is call VAC, and request a Summary of Assessment. It will list all approved conditions (and the percentage), and non-approved conditions. This will tell you whether or not your hearing loss claim was ever decided upon, or suspended. Then, once you have that info, you can make your decision on what to do next.
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Post by Bluesky1943 on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 14:36

For me, They are both included in my award. X amount for both and combined for total.
I have a question of my own however. I received an award upgrade of 11% (18-29) Does anyone know if it is possible to have their hearing aids replaced for a higher quality within the 4 year replacement dogma.

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Post by thunderbolt on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 14:47

Hearing loss and Tinnitus are seperate claims. I was approved for Tinnitus for 11% in 2013 and denied hearing loss because my hearing is H2 and isn't quite bad enough for a claim...

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Re: Hearing Loss and Tinitus

Post by rkman on Fri 28 Apr 2017, 17:13

I was awarded 11 % for tinnitus and 4 % for hearing back in 2014. Both of my conditions have gotten worse in the past couple of years can I re-apply to see if I would be entitled a larger %. Secondly I have discovered two things that can really help me with my tinnitus and each time I try to get some financial assistance with the treatments VA turns me down and tells me that the treatments are not in the scope of treatments available. How can I fight this with VA to get them to think outside of the box and help me out. The one treatment that really helps is going to an Osteopath but they say that this is not covered for this disability. Such a simple thing but they don't want to put out for 12 sessions at $75.00 a pop for a trial to see how much relief I can really get. Any ideas how to get them to think outside the box

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Post by rkman on Fri 28 Apr 2017, 17:15

With regards to the hearing aid replacement (Bluesky) I had mine replaced at two years for my tinnitus. There was some great advancements with tinnitus maskers and they replaced mine no questions asked.

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Post by johnny211 on Fri 28 Apr 2017, 18:12

rkman - You are right on the Osteopath. Although I have tinnitus(Rad- Op), I do Osteopath for my ptsd. Vac does cover it for ptsd, and I find it helps. VVV...
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Re: Hearing Loss and Tinitus

Post by rkman on Mon 01 May 2017, 08:16

So the question is how can I persuade VA to pay for some osteopath treatments. They claim it is not a approved treatment for tinnitus and have denied my request for some treatments. I had a recommendation from my doctor, my audiologist and my osteopath. what do I try now?

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Re: Hearing Loss and Tinitus

Post by Trooper on Mon 01 May 2017, 13:52

rkman wrote:So the question is how can I persuade VA to pay for some osteopath treatments.  They claim it is not a approved treatment for tinnitus and have denied my request for some treatments.  I had a recommendation from my doctor, my audiologist  and my osteopath.  what do I try now?

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The only way you have a shot at convincing VAC to approve you for Osteopath Treatment is to appeal the decision.
This is the only option I see for you in this situation, your grounds for appeal would come from your doctor in stating the importance and help your getting from Osteopathy Treatments.

How to appeal a decision: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/treatment-benefits/tb-appeal

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