According to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA), hearing loss and tinnitus are the third most common disability among veterans today – and hearing disorders have affected United States soldiers and service members for literally hundreds of years.
It should be no surprise: the members of our military are exposed to a number of high-decibel environments, while training, while on active duty, and while in combat. Those who work around large machinery may be affected by hearing issues, while those who are around gunfire and explosions may also lose hearing and suffer permanent hearing disorders.
What is tinnitus?
Very simply, chronic tinnitus is a ringing in the ears that can interfere with your day-to-day life, especially when it is paired with hearing loss or other hearing disorders. Tinnitus is most commonly a symptom of an underlying hearing problem – and it is one that can become worse over time and without treatment. Up to 20 percent of the population will suffer from tinnitus during their life.
Can you get veterans’ disability benefits for tinnitus?
If you believe that your chronic tinnitus was caused by your service in the military, you may be able to collect veterans’ disability benefits as long as you can prove that the ringing in your ears was caused or made worse by your service, and as long as you have a related hearing disorder such as hearing loss.
What should you do if you are a veteran suffering from tinnitus and hearing loss?
If you are experiencing tinnitus and other hearing problems, visit your doctor for diagnostic tests. With the help of medical professionals, you can pinpoint the cause of your tinnitus and then begin treatment for that cause. In addition, be prepared to make a statement about how your hearing problems likely stem from your time in the military – whether you worked with loud equipment or whether you were subject to loud combat noises.
Texas veterans’ disability benefits attorneys
If your veterans’ disability benefits claim for tinnitus and hearing loss has been denied, or if you are unsure of how to correctly prove your combat-related hearing disorder, you may wish to speak with a Houston VA disability claim attorney. Call Morgan & Weisbrod to schedule a free, confidential meeting and get assistance today.
by Carl M. Weisbrod Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law