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How the VA determines hearing loss for benefits

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2024 | VA Disabilities

For veterans who have served their country, the Veterans Affairs benefits system offers essential support, including compensation for service-related disabilities.

One such service-related disability that may qualify a person for benefits is hearing loss. The VA requires going through certain steps to determine the extent of hearing loss and decide the benefits available.


Veterans seeking benefits for hearing loss must undergo a comprehensive evaluation by a VA-approved audiologist. The audiologist assesses the veteran’s hearing abilities using various tests and measurements to determine the severity and extent of the impairment.

The evaluation typically includes a hearing test in a soundproof booth to measure the veteran’s ability to hear sounds at different frequencies and volumes. Additionally, the VA requires speech recognition tests. These assess the veteran’s ability to understand speech in noisy environments.

The audiologist will provide a report detailing the hearing loss severity and its impact on the veteran’s daily life. This report serves as evidence in the VA benefits claims process.

Rating process

The VA utilizes a standardized rating system to determine the level of compensation for the veteran’s hearing loss. It assigns a percentage rating to indicate the degree of impairment, ranging from 0% to 100%. A higher percentage corresponds to more severe hearing loss.

In addition to the audiologist’s report, the VA may also consider medical records documenting the onset and progression of hearing loss and statements from the veteran. It is helpful for veterans to provide as much detailed information as possible when filing their benefits claims. This includes describing how their hearing loss affects their ability to work, communicate and engage in daily activities. Such information can strengthen the case for benefits and ensure that veterans receive the compensation they deserve.


Veterans have the right to appeal if they disagree with the VA’s decision regarding their benefits claim. The appeals process allows veterans to present additional evidence or arguments in support of their case, such as a second opinion from another audiologist or new medical documentation.

The Veterans Affairs benefits system can be incredibly helpful for veterans suffering hearing loss. The assessment process ensures they receive appropriate benefits and upholds their rights for a fair determination.