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Re: Tinnitus

Post by bigrex on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 16:12

Table 9.3 - Other Impairment - Tinnitus


Rating Criteria

Nil • Occasional tinnitus, present less than once a week affecting one or both ears.

One • Occasional tinnitus, present at least once a week affecting one or both ears.

Three • Intermittent tinnitus, present daily, but not all day long, affecting one or both ears.

Five • Continuous tinnitus, present all day and all night, every day, affecting one or both ears, but does not require use of prescribed masking devices or other prescribed modalities but may use non-prescribed devices such as radio, etc.

Ten • Continuous tinnitus, present all day and all night, every day, affecting one or both ears, and has been prescribed a masking device and/or other prescribed modalities (i.e., prescribed meds for tinnitus). When prescribed modalities e.g., meds are prescribed, supporting documentation from the health care professional should be provided)



So the absolute maximum assessment for Tinnitus, is 12%, with the QOL, added. Basically, what it works out to is $3654 per percentage point, up to 5%. Then the next increase starts at 8%-12%, which is currently $36540. Of course that depends on whether or not you have no other disability awards, because if you are already assessed at say 17%, an additional 1% would bump you up to the 20% pay rate, and you would get the full $18270.
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Post by Artie Simm on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 15:30

kelly2564 wrote:So I went into VAC regarding new legislations regarding 404 transfer directly to civie drivers licence and the referred me to legion command. The very helpful Vet there said they would put in a request for my whole file under a "medical claim" then withdraw it after as this would expediate the process. couple weeks later I get a call from this gentleman saying my file in its entirety is there and to come pick what I wanted printed off as well as whether or not I wanted to start my claim. I didn't think anything of it and walked in to the office jokingly saying "the guy with tinnitus is here" . To which he replied actually yeah you have it .... we reviewed your medical file and your tests exhibit the magical numbers for it . They sent me for an audiologist appointment where he asked me a myriad of questions such as what sounds I heard, if I ever had trouble following conversations with any ambient noise etcetera ... apparently hearing electricity in the walls and transformer like hums in addition to other sounds isn't a thing lol. My audiologist appointment went well if finding out I have continuous tinnitus is a good thing... my claim in full including the VAC questionnaire was sent off around a month ago, I was curious as to how long it might take and what percentage I may be initially rated as...?
lm 4 months I to my wait,my understanding is 5% is 15000,10% which is usually highest is $36000,but tp get that your forms have to say you need a prescription for a noise reduction aide
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Post by kelly2564 on Wed 29 Aug 2018, 13:52

So I went into VAC regarding new legislations regarding 404 transfer directly to civie drivers licence and the referred me to legion command. The very helpful Vet there said they would put in a request for my whole file under a "medical claim" then withdraw it after as this would expediate the process. couple weeks later I get a call from this gentleman saying my file in its entirety is there and to come pick what I wanted printed off as well as whether or not I wanted to start my claim. I didn't think anything of it and walked in to the office jokingly saying "the guy with tinnitus is here" . To which he replied actually yeah you have it .... we reviewed your medical file and your tests exhibit the magical numbers for it . They sent me for an audiologist appointment where he asked me a myriad of questions such as what sounds I heard, if I ever had trouble following conversations with any ambient noise etcetera ... apparently hearing electricity in the walls and transformer like hums in addition to other sounds isn't a thing lol. My audiologist appointment went well if finding out I have continuous tinnitus is a good thing... my claim in full including the VAC questionnaire was sent off around a month ago, I was curious as to how long it might take and what percentage I may be initially rated as...?

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Post by Gunner8 on Sun 19 Aug 2018, 19:36

For my tinnitus reassessment All I had to do was go to the audiologist, they diagnosed me with severe tinnitus, and prescribed me a masking device. They sent all my info to My reassessment manager for me. I found the slowest part was making sure my reassessment manager was sending my paperwork in, I had to contact her several times to make sure it got sent into Vac. Once it was, I had my letter and award in a few months.

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Post by bigrex on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 16:07

Your best bet is to go to a Lawtons Drug, that sells the home health equipment (lift chairs walkers, etc) . If they don't have any masking devices in store, they would most likely have a catalog, with all the available models, that can be ordered.
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Re: Tinnitus

Post by oldsailor on Sat 18 Aug 2018, 15:59

Can someone tell me what the model number for the masking devise is

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Post by bosn181 on Sun 12 Aug 2018, 11:47

the ones they gave me for daytime hearing aides are great and the night time machine is just as good but that's just my thoughts.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Artie Simm on Thu 09 Aug 2018, 09:30

bosn181 wrote:for me i went to the hearing place first talked with them about the masking device and got the model number they recommended and took that to my family doc got a prescription took that down to my local office and talked with my case manager and submitted it there that day and it took me very little time and it was all approved. hope some of this helps.
thx,when l originally had my hearing test done,the dr.mentioned masking devices


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Post by bosn181 on Thu 09 Aug 2018, 08:26

for me i went to the hearing place first talked with them about the masking device and got the model number they recommended and took that to my family doc got a prescription took that down to my local office and talked with my case manager and submitted it there that day and it took me very little time and it was all approved. hope some of this helps.

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Post by bosn181 on Thu 09 Aug 2018, 08:23

what you would need to do is go get a prescription for a masking device with the model number on it once you get your answer back and submit it. For someone putting in a fresh claim they can do this all on there first application but it's never to late to put it in. This should not be a hard process for VAC if you are approved for tinnitus seeing masking device is the treatment for it. One of the people i helped he was at 2% and VAC said if you get a masking device you need to be at 5% so they bumped him up from 2% to 5% then gave 5% for masking device. Tinnitus is the condition and the masking device is to help improve the quality of life by using for daytime hearing aids for white noise and a night time masking device with a pillow speaker to play different sounds like thunder and rain to help with the ringing of the ears. The reason you should get a prescription with the model number is cause VAC will ask for it and this will help cut down the process and get a quicker approval.

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Post by Artie Simm on Wed 08 Aug 2018, 16:30

bosn181 wrote:no you can put it in right away and it should be fast track seeing you already got covered if you get it.  When i did it they took less than 3 months and money was in the bank and i  went up to 11% with masking device. now i not sure what kind of wait times they have going on at the moment so might take a little longer but i know 4 other vets that i helped and they all had around the same wait period as me.
l not sure how all this works ,let's say l get a VAC letter that says we agree you have tinnitus here is your 5%,what do I do next to prove l need the device? Thx
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Post by bosn181 on Wed 08 Aug 2018, 15:35

no you can put it in right away and it should be fast track seeing you already got covered if you get it. When i did it they took less than 3 months and money was in the bank and i  went up to 11% with masking device. now i not sure what kind of wait times they have going on at the moment so might take a little longer but i know 4 other vets that i helped and they all had around the same wait period as me.

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Post by Artie Simm on Wed 08 Aug 2018, 00:01

bosn181 wrote:yes you can have tinnitus coverage and not hearing loss the main thing when applying for tinnitus is they normally give around the 5% mark and when you are applying for it make sure you ask for a masking device as well that can bring you up another 5%. i am sure others hear can give more details. masking device can be hearing aids for daytime and a machine that has a speaker that you put under your pillow to make different white noise at night.
I don't think I checked the part about listening device, what if the decision comes back favorable at 5%, is it too late to apply/ask for a reassessment to include the device?


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Post by bosn181 on Tue 07 Aug 2018, 10:34

yes you can have tinnitus coverage and not hearing loss the main thing when applying for tinnitus is they normally give around the 5% mark and when you are applying for it make sure you ask for a masking device as well that can bring you up another 5%. i am sure others hear can give more details. masking device can be hearing aids for daytime and a machine that has a speaker that you put under your pillow to make different white noise at night.

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Re: Tinnitus

Post by Artie Simm on Wed 01 Aug 2018, 10:45

daverobitaille@rogers.com wrote:Hi,
I just had an audio gram done and my hearing is ok. However, I was diagnosed with Level 4 Tinitus in both hears 24 hrs a day. Will my claim still be accepted since my hearing is still ok?
Thanks!
my understanding is there are 2 separate claims available 1 for hearing 1 for tinnitus, my hearing is not bad enough but l ve had a tinnitus claim sitting at stage 3 for 4 months,...so you may get something-if you can wait half a year or more,from what I'm reading most are assessed at 10% or about 36000
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