Posted on Jul 22, 2019
SPC Michael Tucker
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I have service connected disability for an ulnar nerve damage (30%) and hearing at 10%. I was told at the time of rating (2013) that if my hearing got worse, I could come back in for a re-evaluation to get help and it may increase my rating as well.

After multiple surgeries and 9 years later, my ulnar nerve has improved sensation in my forearm exterior. It is in no way, back to normal, but has a slight improvement. If I go in for re-eval on my hearing, will they decrease my ulnar from 30% for improvement?

They originally told me that it is really hard to get a combined disability rating 50% or more without extreme situations because (and I quote) "50% or more gets you more entitlements that have to be justified definitively". If that's the case, I don't want them to increase my hearing just to decrease elsewhere (if this makes sense). But I am at the point of needing hearing aids and want to make an appointment to get help with this.
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PO2 Joseph Bender
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The VA is their own animal, and make rules as they go along. Be very careful what you ask of them. They can decrease your rating if they feel you have improved. I personally know Veterans that have had to fight to maintain the rating let alone increase their rating.
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PVT Joshua Blotzer
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I'm not sure if this will answer your question but it is the federal regulation related to reexaminations.

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/3.327
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SPC Michael Tucker
SPC Michael Tucker
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Greatly appreciated!!
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SGT Debra Jahnel
SGT Debra Jahnel
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Thanks!
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SGT Bruce Chapman
SGT Bruce Chapman
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Thank you for that information. I was rated 90% and put at 100% unemployable in 2012 and the final papers said no reexaminations would be required however now I have a new primary care doctor who is trying to take pain meds away that allow me to be able to get up and do a little bit most days.
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SFC Wendell Pruitt
SFC Wendell Pruitt
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SGT Bruce Chapman - Your Primary Care Doctor and any exams ordered by them are not directly a part of the Rating process, The Rating Process is handled by the Regional Office and exams ordered by them are unrelated to your ongoing treatment,
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SGT Steve McFarland
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I think the highest rating you can get for hearing-loss or tinnitus is 10%. I have both, and my rating is 10%.
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SSG(P) Adam Koepke
SSG(P) Adam Koepke
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From what I was just told by the VA approved doctor the 3 levels of hearing loss percentages is 0% 10% 100%. But you can only get 100% if you are legally deaf in both ears. I am not saying you can’t otherwise I am just saying that from what I was told that’s the ratings. I know a combat veteran who is 100% legally deaf in one ear and 50% in the other and he got 10% for both combined.
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PVT Joshua Blotzer
PVT Joshua Blotzer
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Here is the CFR (Code of Federal Regulation) for all disability ratings and the requirements for each rating level.

https://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/bookc.asp#g
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SGT Debra Jahnel
SGT Debra Jahnel
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SPC Michael Tucker Definitely get the hearing aids & if you have tinnitus- make sure you tell the audiologist as much detail as you can. I got my aids about 2mos ago and the audiologist tweaked the programming that took the tinnitus down by 50% easily. And ask for the tinnitus class - well worth your time!
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SPC Michael Tucker
SPC Michael Tucker
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SGT Debra Jahnel - Thank you.
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