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Feb 14 12 5:19 PM
nmfxstc wrote:jbwoodco:I applaud and commend your ambition, motivation ,and action on this issue. You are pursuing things correctly in addressing the congressional folks who, in theory at least, have the authority and avenue to bring attention to the issue and direct appropriate change. That is exactly how we approached concurrent receipt!)However, this tread is turning into a "blog", don't you agree?I also thank yu for the comments about bringing the thread back on topic. Let's see where this goes, but please limit the posts to your topic and drop the other stuff, otherwise, when a thread runs longer than 20 posts or so, it becomes useless and turns to personal chats and personal "attacks".
Feb 15 12 8:53 PM
Thank you for responding
to my letter concerning the QuickSin (speech-in-noise) hearing procedures.
In your letter dated
February 6, 2012, you stated that on October 11 & 12, 2011, “the rating
schedule currently does not provide for speech-in-noise testing, such as
QuickSIN. However, the VA hosted a forum of medical experts who addressed issues relating to hearing
impairment including recently developed evaluation tools such as
I would be extremely
grateful to you to know what was decided at the forum’s conclusion. Particularly
when it comes to the recently developed evaluation tools such as
What direction will the VA
pursue on these recently developed evaluation tools such as Speech-in-noise to
better diagnose hearing disabled veterans?
If adopted, then how long would you estimate for any of these
procedures to be implemented?
If not adopted, then may I have an explanation why?
The outcome will have an important impact on
my service connected but zero compensation claim appeal. In a previous correspondence
letter to you, I included a summary of test results from the University of
Washington’s audiology department. Test results
revealed a bilateral moderately-severe sensory
neural hearing loss, indicative of noise
exposure above 2000hz. QuickSIN testing revealed a moderate impairment in noise
bilaterally and indicates that even with good directional microphones and noise
reduction technology, difficulty in background noise is more likely than not. QuickSIN
(speech-in-noise) testing evaluates a person’s ability to hear speech in the
presence of background noise. Because the test is evaluating an aspect of the
auditory system different from pure tone testing, the degree of impairment
indicated by this test may not correspond exactly to the pure tone results.
What this procedure
provides is a “real world – intelligibility” diagnoses that the clinical Maryland
CNC and Pure Tone cannot. Even with the use of hearing aids (that I would not
be without), speech-in-noise validates my frustration and diminished quality of
life when subjected to background noise.
Harry Levitt, PhD submitted
an article to the Journal of
Rehabilitation Research and Development Vol. 38 No. 1, January/February 2001. He states “Background noise is
particularly damaging to speech intelligibility for people with hearing loss.
The problem of reducing noise in hearing aids is one of great importance--and
great difficulty. It is well known that background noise reduces the
intelligibility of speech and that the greater the level of background noise
the greater the reduction in intelligibility.” http://www.rehab.research.va.gov/jour/01/38/1/levit381.html
Hopefully the VA will incorporate the recently developed evaluation
tools such as speech-in-noise testing procedures, develop a rating system, and compensate
those of us who suffer more than just a hearing disability.
Thank you for your time
and I look forward to your response.
***********just a side note; I know that this topic is four pages long. So has been my journey to research and report a step by step progress. With luck, this post will come to a successful conclusion and if it doesn't, then at least I will leave knowing that I have tried my very best to help all vets suffering from a zero compensated hearing loss. I want to thank all of you who have supported my mission, and especially to those who deem this post turning into a blog. That is absolutely not what was not intended (as per my request to refocus many times). I feel closure is just around the next bend. Lets hope for a quick resolve. May God bless you.
Feb 16 12 5:18 AM
I have read in more than one post on this forum that a Tinitus condition can cause a mental condition. Can it also be the other way around? Can a mental condition aggravate a Tinitus condition? If so, can a serviceman with a post-active duty (non-service-connected) Tinitus have this condition aggravated by a service-connected anxiety and depression? And how does the VA handle this situation? Just curious.
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