Veterans with Hearing LossMany veterans are among the 30 million Americans with some form of loss of hearing, largely because these individuals are at risk for both trauma-induced hearing loss (being too close to an explosion) and chronic loss (working in an aircraft hangar). In fact, hearing loss is the top combat injury in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. In many cases, devices like hearing aids can either completely alleviate this problem or at least reduce it into the mild or moderate categories. But that is not always the case, especially in situation that involve trauma injuries, because in many instances, physical components of the inner ear are permanently damaged and it is almost impossible to correct them surgically.
VA Benefits and Hearing LossTo obtain Veterans Administration cash benefits for service-related hearing loss, applicants must establish a connection between their service and their medical conditions. The preliminary requirements are:
- Current hearing loss diagnosis, preferably from a treating physician,
- Evidence of a service-related event that caused the hearing loss, and
- A doctor’s opinion that links the two, preferably from a treating physician.
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