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Post by bigrex on Tue 30 Jan 2018, 11:44

Hearing loss and tinnitus are separate claims, even if tinnitus is normally considered a consequential claim of hearing loss. So you can gets 11% for tinnitus, and an additional LSA for hearing loss. Honestly I was surprised that you said that you said that you had an award for tinnitus, without an approved hearing loss claim, because VAC denied my tinnitus claims, because they said that you can't have tinnitus, without hearing loss, and even though I do have hearing loss, it wasn't noticed during my release medical.
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Post by Guest on Tue 30 Jan 2018, 10:34

Question if you at 11% for tinnitus. No claim for hearing loss can you get additional LSA for hearing loss?

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Post by Art8 on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 14:07

The doctor I talked to over the phone was from veteran affairs, but the audiologist I went and seen was on my own. But they are gonna contact Vac to get approval for masking device, etc

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Post by Guest on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 13:27

Art8 wrote:Dishaoap, from my understanding, when I was doing my reassessment for tinnitus they told me I could just do it over the phone, which I did. But I went and seen an Audiologist as well because I also have a hearing claim that I am doing.
And at that time they ask questions about tinnitus as well, and diagnosed me severe, and prescribed me masking devices/ hearing aids. I found the phone interview was not very helpful at all, it was like 2 minutes, he asked symptoms and then said I would receive a letter in the mail. That wasn’t good enough for me, as I need something to help my tinnitus because it interferes with my daily activities and sleep and stuff, and the doctor on the phone didn’t offer any of this. So I would suggest you go and see a audiologist if your tinnitus is severe and you have some of those symptoms as well. They told me they would send all the info to VAC and I wouldn’t have to do anything else.  Hope this info helps. All the best.

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Thanks for this. Was the doctor from Veteran affairs? I think since you were previously assessed its just a formality.

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Post by Art8 on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 13:22

Dishaoap, from my understanding, when I was doing my reassessment for tinnitus they told me I could just do it over the phone, which I did. But I went and seen an Audiologist as well because I also have a hearing claim that I am doing.
And at that time they ask questions about tinnitus as well, and diagnosed me severe, and prescribed me masking devices/ hearing aids. I found the phone interview was not very helpful at all, it was like 2 minutes, he asked symptoms and then said I would receive a letter in the mail. That wasn’t good enough for me, as I need something to help my tinnitus because it interferes with my daily activities and sleep and stuff, and the doctor on the phone didn’t offer any of this. So I would suggest you go and see a audiologist if your tinnitus is severe and you have some of those symptoms as well. They told me they would send all the info to VAC and I wouldn’t have to do anything else. Hope this info helps. All the best.

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Post by Art8 on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 13:14

Thanks bosn181

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Post by Guest on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 13:06

Art8 wrote:Seen the audiologist today. She diagnosed me with severe tinnitus, and hearing loss in my left ear. And prescribed me hearing aid/masking device, a sound pillow, and tinnitus retraining therapy.

Do you need a family doctor or both or just an audiologist? Will Veteran Affairs need anything else if its just an reassessment?

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Post by bosn181 on Wed 24 Jan 2018, 08:55

glad your getting the help you need art8. seeing you already have tinnitus claim this will be faster as it is a re assessment on your claim for tinnitus and hopefully bump you to max.

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Post by Art8 on Tue 23 Jan 2018, 10:41

Seen the audiologist today. She diagnosed me with severe tinnitus, and hearing loss in my left ear. And prescribed me hearing aid/masking device, a sound pillow, and tinnitus retraining therapy.

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Post by bosn181 on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 14:34

up to you

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Post by Art8 on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 12:49

Yes I was 4% years back, and I told the doctor now that it has gotten much worst and interferes with my daily life plus it interferes with my sleep because it is a constant ringing. And he said was, we don’t need anything else from you, you will get a letter in the mail in a month or two. So I guess all I can do is wait and see what they say. I do have a audio gram appointment next week, as I am doing a separate one for hearing loss. Maybe I can ask them about the masking device? Or should I just wait and see what Vac says in the letter?


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Post by bosn181 on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 12:35

a masking device can help with tinnitus to make white noise and help with the tinnitus to get a better nights sleep.  the reason i say go to the hearing place get a model number and then go to your family doc get a prescription is to help make it easier when you apply for it through vac.  some friends of mine did not go that route and vac delayed them and after waiting ended up having to go this route. i only saying if you need a masking device then don't give vac a reason to delay you and if your not maxed a masking device will add 5% to your tinnitus.  as well in order to get a masking device your tinnitus has to be at 5% so i was told.  i have a few friends that were at 2% tinnitus and they got the prescription with model number and vac bumped them up to the max. they were at 2% so they had been reassessed and moved up so the masking device the doc prescribed could be added.

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Post by Gunner8 on Fri 19 Jan 2018, 05:52

Tactical Snoopy, what percentage are you at?

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Post by Tactical Snoopy on Thu 18 Jan 2018, 21:52

bosn181 wrote:once you get a prescription you will need to have the model number of the masking device on that prescription make sure to keep a copy as you will need to take that to vac and put it through the process. mine took less than two months and many others i know that also have the masking device took around the same time.  its not a new claim as you already have tinnitus it is a reassement on it with a new prescription update.  the reason the model number should be on the prescription is to save you time for them asking where it is and them only delaying you longer.  in order to get the model number you would have to go to a hearing place and see them or talk to the person asking you the ?'s in your upcoming visit.

Interesting. My prescription makes no mention of a masking device model number. I had no intention of purchasing one until I released as VAC will cover the costs but only once released. Hoping this won't delay things...

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Post by Gunner8 on Thu 18 Jan 2018, 21:18

Art, if you told him you had all those symptoms which are accurate to the max, then I don’t know why u wouldn’t get awarded max. Anyone else know or have any other resolutions?

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