It is believed that millions of veterans suffer from some form of hearing problem. The most common types of hearing problems are hearing loss and tinnitus. Individuals serving in the armed services are often subjected to loud explosions, gunfire, and aircraft that can directly impact their hearing.
If you suffer from hearing problems after serving in the United States military, you may be able to file a claim for benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. At the Veterans Benefits Law Group, we represent veterans in disability claims. Our lawyers will help you get the compensation you deserve for your service-related injury or illness. Contact our office today at (601) 414-3707 to schedule a free consultation.
What Causes Service-Related Hearing Problems?
The men and women that serve in our armed services should be protected from known hazards. For decades the government has known that veterans are substantially more likely to suffer from hearing problems including hearing loss and tinnitus.
Service-related hearing problems are often related to exposure to:
- Loud noises
If you have suffered hearing loss or tinnitus after serving in the military, you might be able to file a VA disability claim. A VA disability claim can help ensure that your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages are covered.
Who Is Eligible for Disability Related to Hearing Loss?
Most service members who have suffered hearing problems as a result of their service are likely eligible for disability. However, you must have received a proper diagnosis in order to qualify.
In order to qualify for VA disability related to hearing loss you must:
- Have a diagnosis of the condition;
- Show the loss was related to your service in the military; and
- Have a medical opinion linking your service to the hearing loss.
The VA will use this information to give you a disability rating. The disability rating will provide you with the compensation you will receive each month tax-free. To determine how much you might be eligible for it is strongly recommended that you speak with an attorney,
Is Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Permanent?
According to the VA, noise-induced hearing loss may be permanent. Thankfully, there are a number of treatments and rehabilitative technologies that can help improve a person’s hearing. Hearing loss can be devastating. It can affect a person’s confidence and their ability to work. Eventually their speech may be impacted. When your hearing loss is related to your military service you deserve compensation.
What Is an In-Service Event?
To receive disability through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs you must be able to show that your hearing loss was the result of an in-service event. What this means is that you will have to show what caused your hearing loss. Common things that cause service-related hearing loss include combat missions, gunfire, mechanical work, and aircrafts.
Getting Tested for Hearing Loss
To prove the extent of your hearing loss and to be able to receive a VA disability rating you will need to get tested. Hearing tests can help determine the level of loss or the underlying cause of the problem. There are multiple types of tests that a medical professional can use to diagnose hearing loss.
Services Provided by the VA for Veterans Suffering from Hearing Loss
Because service-related hearing loss is a widespread problem affecting millions of former service members, the VA issued a mandate about the services it provides. Foremost, the VA will cover the screening, assessment, evaluation, and treatment of hearing loss or other hearing problems.
Veterans will be eligible for the fitting and programming of hearing aids. They are also given a range of treatment and management options including screening and prevention services. It is important to consult with an attorney as early as possible to ensure that you do not settle for less than your case is worth.
Contact Our Offices to Learn More
Are you a veteran that has suffered hearing loss related to your service in the military? You may be entitled to compensation through a VA disability claim. You can and should consult with an attorney to determine all of your legal options. Hearing loss is widespread amongst veterans, but not many people are reaching out for help. You should not have to suffer any longer. Get the help you need now from an experienced lawyer.
If you have hearing loss related to your service, contact our office at (601) 414-3707 to schedule a free case evaluation. All consultations are provided without obligation to retain our services. Matters are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no fees unless we win. When you suffer harm as a result of your military service, you deserve compensation. Let us help you file a successful benefits claim. Call our office now to get started.