Many veterans are exposed to noise during their military service. And by noise I mean everything from explosions, gunfire, jet engines, machinery, or other events that produce loud sounds.

Tinnitus is commonly referred to as “ringing in ears,” but may sound to the veteran like popping, old test tube equipment, electrical sounds, clicking, or another noise in the ears or head of the veteran.

The VA provides a 10% disability rating for veterans having this disability as long as the tinnitus is recurrent. The maximum amount is 10%, regardless of if the tinnitus is in one or both ears, or the head.

If the veteran is granted 10%, that is the maximum allowable for this disability. However, tinnitus may be combined with another disability such as hearing loss, unless the tinnitus supports the other disability.

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