More veterans claim tinnitus than any other condition. According to the VA’s 2018 Annual Report, there are 1,971,201 veterans receiving compensation for tinnitus.
What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. The sound can be ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or humming and pitch anywhere from a low roar to a high squeal. One of the major reasons tinnitus is so common in veterans is because it is commonly caused by exposure to loud noises (such as heavy equipment & firearms). Another reason it is so widespread in the veteran’s community is because tinnitus is also a symptom of common injuries because of service; for example, head or neck trauma, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), depression, anxiety, stress, high blood pressure, and fibromyalgia. Meaning, if you experienced any of the above conditions because of your time in service, then your tinnitus likely is secondarily service-connected.
How do I prove something only I can hear?
Because usually only the person impacted can hear the sound, the VA requires hearing and tinnitus tests to confirm the diagnosis. Next, you should write your statement explaining the nexus between your condition and when in service you experienced the loud noise or another condition of which tinnitus is a symptom of. Finally, gather and include documents like your medical records and a written physician’s opinion to support your claim.
If you have regular or recurrent tinnitus 10% is given. Currently, 10% warrants $140.05 a month. Any additional hearing loss or other hearing conditions can be separately rated and combined.
Because tinnitus is the most commonly claimed condition, veterans often start their claim journey by claiming tinnitus first. Don’t forget to consider all other service-connected conditions too!
If you don’t get the rating you expected or need additional assistance with your claims, call or chat with us online. Veterans Help Group has been supporting veterans since 1995, Let our experienced advocates assist you with your claim.