as a qualifying chronic disability under 38 C.F.R. § 3.317. 4. Entitlement to service connection for tinnitus, to include as secondary to an acquired psychiatric disability. 5. Entitlement to an evaluation
the Veteran currently has bilateral hearing loss as defined by VA regulation. 5. The Veteran is competent to state that he has tinnitus, and the Board finds that his contentions that the tinnitus began
THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for bilateral hearing loss. 2. Entitlement to service connection for tinnitus. 3. Entitlement to an initial rating in excess of 30 percent for anxiety
THE ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for bilateral hearing loss. 2. Entitlement to service connection for tinnitus. REPRESENTATION Appellant represented by: AMVETS WITNESS AT HEARING
indicating that he first began to experience tinnitus during his military service. The Veteran also contends that he developed tinnitus in service and has continued to have tinnitus since service. As
diabetes mellitus during and since active service. 4. The Veteran's tinnitus had its onset and was shown in service and there have been subsequent manifestations of tinnitus during the appeal period.
of tinnitus throughout his appeal. See Charles v. Principi, 16 Vet. App. 370 (2002) (as a "subjective" ailment, the existence of tinnitus is generally determined by whether or not the veteran claims to
that he incurred bilateral hearing loss and tinnitus during active service. He specifically contends that in-service noise exposure caused or contributed to his current bilateral hearing loss and tinnitus.
flight line and that he used hearing protection. Furthermore, the Veteran reported tinnitus, which really became apparent eight to nine months ago. Although the Veteran reported noticing tinnitus when
to suppose that outstanding records would establish the VA's receipt of claims for service connection for tinnitus or requests to reopen the Veteran's previously denied tinnitus claim earlier than July
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