I was going to post this as a response to a hearing test question but feel needs to be presented as a separate statement.
I have been visiting VBN for the past six months and have been the beneficiary of great advice and insight. I hope to pass my experience onto others so they may benefit from it.
I am a multiple Purple Heart recipient and I have been receiving hearing aids from the VA. I decided to try for compensation in June of 08 and was awarded 100%. I feel that the success of this award was due to some advice I got from a group of VFW guys who are RSO's and handle anywhere from 30 to 50 Vets at a session that runs from 0600 to 1200 every Thursday. I personally know of six of these vets who have gotten 100% ratings on hearing in the last year. They are:
- Army -- 1 Infantry 1 non-combat RVN
- Air Force 1 Korea era non-combat 1 after RVN Non-combat
Marine 1 WWII POW 1 RVN Arterillery
It is our opinion that the word recognition part of the test is blatantly unfair. All of us have problems with volume. Sometimes having hearing aids only makes it worse. For most of us it's the word recognition part that we have most trouble with. I; for one can't watch TV without the close caption part being on. I can hear the sound but I can't recognize some of the words. When I see the word in context I know what people are talking about. When I hear a single words a lot of times it's just a guess as to the context. If my wife has her back to me I am not sure of what she is talking about even though she is speaking loudely.
If the test that checks for word recognition were fair then it would be easily manipulated. If the tester said dog you say hog. If the tester says cat you say a rat. This would make the test totally invalid because everybody would fail. What happens is; you guess and a guess is counted as a right answer. Remember you've already told them that the basic premesus is; thst you can't hear. They pick the db level to start the word recogunation level to start the test. You anticipate the lowest level at which you hear and start guessing. This gussing can actually negate your score on the first part of the test. Remenber the testor is trying to catch those who are trying to game the test ( and rightly so)
The people who administer the test are not your friend. They are the there to administer the test. When you try and make conversation with them they are making value judgments on how much you can hear. For those of us who have hearing loss; have learned to carry on conversations even though we don't understand a reasonable portion of what is said. This can lead to failure on a hearing C & P.
It is in your best interest to remember the following;
If you are not 100% sure of what is being said outside the test, ask the tester to slow down and repeat what they said.
Never under any circumstances make a guess at anything. You guess wrong you are dead.
The test cannot be gamed but you do not have to commit to what you don't hear.
Tinnitus CAN cause to anticipate the beep. If it is not VERY strong and definitive it isn't there.
Thanks to alol who have helped me.
THE ONLY THING HARDER THAN BEING A SOLDIER IS LOVING ONE.