We'll it was by way of internet research for my husband's Kaiser audiology appointment tomorrow that I found this site. So, between what I've read on this site, been told by the VA and our local County VA office I have a few questions I'm hoping someone may be able to assist with.
- We were told that the Kaiser Audiologist needs to say on my husband's records is it's a 50/50 chance that his hearing loss is SC related (if it is a chance it could be)? Is this true?
- How can someone obtain a 0% SC disability? I've seen this noted on other topics regarding hearing loss.
- Does it make a difference if we request a copy of my husband's exit medical examination showing what his audiology report was at that time prior to us sending in his claim? We'd like it to compare and see what, if any, hearing loss he may have had at that time.
- Should we also request his induction medical records too?
- Met a Retired Disabled Veteran and he indicated NOT TO APPEAL whatever decision we receive, but to NOT ACCEPT it, even if it's 10%. He said by doing this, it would be sent to another reviewer when it's not accepted which is better than appealing and did say appealing is a different process which can take longer? Would this "not accepting" be a Notice of Disagreement (that I saw on these boards)?
- Should my husband complete a VA Form 21-4138 as I've read others on this forum have for hearing loss? I couldn't find the link that Barbie posted a while back on Military Equipment and Noise Levels which would be good to have, but did find a link from the Blanchfield Army Hospital's Hearing Conservation showing Steady and Impulse Noise along with the sound level(s). Though it's not entirely complete, I can at least have hubby circle any equipment and such that he used while in service.
- My husband was enlisted from 79' to 85'. We met and married three years after he discharged and have been married over 20 years. During these twenty years he's had several time where he's had significant wax buildup (mainly in one ear) to where he can't hear. I'm told this buildup occurs because of trauma to the ear. Does anyone have any knowledge of this?
- I've come across MANY internet sites regarding solvents and ear trauma combined can cause hearing loss. Specificaly it's caled Ototoxic Chemical (ear poison). Unless I missed it, I haven't seen any information related to this on these boards. Anyone have any knowledge of this?
- Today, the VA indicated he should complete VA Form 21-526 for Compensation (not Pension) for his hearing loss and ringing in his ears. Then seperately complete a 1010.EZ to use the VA medical facilities if needbe. We have Kaiser and since he's 50 (51 this year) they sent a card saying he should come in for a hearing test. I'm not happy!!! (See comment below why).
After having this conversation with my husband, he informs me due to his work he's had hearing tests each year for the past 10 years and his hearing has, over these years, continued to get worse. So, of course when I find this out, he's getting a private test PERIOD! So, off tomorrow morning he's having his Kaiser hearing test.
Here's his first test results from 10 years ago and the most current. I don't know what they mean. BTW, he also told me he doesn't remember having a hearing test when he discharged. He does remember having his 3rd molars removed and HAD to before they would allow him to discharge. They ended up suturing up GAUZE in his jaw and ended up in the infirmary for a week. Now, that I read where someone suggested to also claim on other related issues, I'm going to ask him in the morning when he wakes up which side of the mouth this happened on. You see, he's had to have gum surgery on a portion of his mouth and now I wonder if it's related.
Here are the test results:
2000 1KP 500 1K 2K 3K 4K 6K 8K
RT 10 10 10 10 15 15 15 15
LT 15 05 10 15 15 25 25 25
RT 10 15 15 20 25 nothing on the rest of the report for 4K, 6K or 8L
LT 10 10 15 20 25
RT 20 15 20 20 15 25 25 25 From here on out these are all automated printout where the 2000 & 2004 were manually written.
LT 15 15 15 20 20 25 35 35
RT 15 20 20 25 35 30 55
LT 15 15 20 20 25 30 25
RT 25 25 15 25 30 40 30
LT 20 20 20 25 35 45 45
RT 15 15 15 15 20 30 40
LT 15 15 20 25 25 55 60
Sorry to have this first topic be so long. Since I noticed varing degrees in his numbers I felt it was best I post them all. I did ask him if he has any ringing in his ears and he said yes to both, but mainly in the left ear. He did have his ears cleaned of any wax two weeks ago to be ready for this appointment.
Lastly, he was in Transportation group. WA, VA and Germany (Korea for 2 months as well). Around heavy machinery, generators, equipment, along with rifles and grenades (with no ear protection!). I also confirmed they used solvent tanks for cleaning parts, etc. at all three areas where he was stationed (hence the chemical question above).
Any recommendations or comments would be apprecaited. Thank you!