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ISSUES 1. Entitlement to service connection for bilateral hearing loss. 2. Entitlement to service connection for tinnitus. REPRESENTATION Veteran represented by: Disabled American Veterans ATTORNEY
a VA audiological examination in July 2014. The Veteran reported recurrent tinnitus in both ears. The examiner diagnosed the Veteran with tinnitus. However, the examiner opined that the Veteran's tinnitus
PTSD. 2. Entitlement to service connection for right ear hearing loss. 3. Entitlement to service connection for left ear hearing loss. 4. Entitlement to service connection for tinnitus. REPRESENTATION
degree within one year of discharge from active duty. 38 U.S.C. § 1112; 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.307, 3.309. With regard to tinnitus, the Court has specifically held that tinnitus is a type of disorder associated
and the "data did not support a claim for hearing loss." In regards to tinnitus, the VA examiner opined that the Veteran's normal hearing at discharge and recent onset of tinnitus indicates that tinnitus
and credible evidence shows that tinnitus was not demonstrated in service, that tinnitus was not compensably manifested within a year of separation from active service, and that there is no nexus between
1. Entitlement to service connection for bilateral hearing loss. 2. Entitlement to service connection for tinnitus, to include as secondary to bilateral hearing loss. REPRESENTATION Appellant represented
is at least as likely as not related to service. Having found that the Veteran has tinnitus, and that tinnitus is related to service, service connection for tinnitus is warranted. ORDER Service connection
Veteran's favor, the Board finds that the Veteran's currently diagnosed tinnitus was incurred during active service. CONCLUSION OF LAW The criteria for service connection for tinnitus have been met.
as tinnitus. See 38 C.F.R. § 3.385. The examiner conceded that the Veteran was likely exposed to acoustic trauma during service, but opined that the Veteran's hearing loss and tinnitus were less likely
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