Yes. If your tinnitus and hearing loss were caused by or made worse by your military service, then you may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits.
You may qualify for veterans’ disability if you can prove that your service caused an ear or hearing problem such as:
- Peripheral vestibular disorder
- Perforated eardrum
- Loss of one or both ears
- Hearing loss as diagnosed by an audiologist using a Maryland CNC test and a puretone audiometric test
- Tinnitus, however, the only available rating for tinnitus is 10% unless you also have hearing loss
Of course, it is important to understand that every case is different, and the details of your hearing conditions and service in the military are the key to determining your disability rating and your payment.
How Common Is Hearing Loss Among Veterans?
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs: “Hearing problems—including tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing, or other type of noise that originates in the head—are by far the most prevalent service-connected disability among American Veterans.” While some soldiers and service members suffer hearing loss from working closely with loud vehicles and machinery, others have their hearing damaged during combat situations and bombings.
At the end of fiscal year 2015, 1,450,462 veterans received disability compensation for tinnitus and 1,015,305 veterans received disability compensation for hearing loss. To put those numbers into perspective, the third most common condition qualifying veterans for disability benefits was post-traumatic stress disorder with 813,227 veterans qualifying for benefits with that condition.
What to Do if You Suffer Tinnitus or Hearing Loss
If you are a veteran who suffers from tinnitus and hearing loss, then you may be able to file a VA disability benefits claim and receive compensation for your disability.
To learn more about how to properly prove your disability to the VA and collect benefits, speak with a Texas disability attorney today about your case. We can help you gather evidence for your case and secure the benefits you deserve. Call Morgan & Weisbrod today to learn more.
by Carl M. Weisbrod Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law