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VA Ratings for Hearing Loss range from 0 percent to 100 percent, with breaks at 10 percent, 20 percent, 30 percent, 40 percent, 50 percent, 60 percent, 70 percent, 80 percent, and 90 percent although the average VA rating for Hearing Loss is 10 percent, and many veterans have a 0 percent rating.

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Recurrent subluxation or instability: Unrepaired or failed repair of complete ligament tear causing persistent instability, and a medical provider prescribes both an assistive device (e.g., cane(s), crutch(es), walker) and bracing for ambulation.

30%: Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal).

10%: Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms controlled by continuous medication.

0%: A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication.

If there is obvious significant tissue loss with severe distortion of three or more of the following: the eyes (and eyelids), ears, nose, mouth (and lips), chin, forehead, or cheeks, it is rated 80%. Two of the above is rated 50%. One of the above is rated 30%

The maximum scheduler rating for Migraine headaches is 50 percent, which has symptoms such as: Very frequent and completely prostrating (you must lay down) with prolonged attacks productive of severe economic inadaptability (your headaches affect your work and ability to produce).

At the 100 percent rating for Sleep Apnea, you have very severe symptoms, including chronic respiratory failure with carbon dioxide retention or cor pulmonale, or; requires tracheostomy.

The highest scheduler rating for Asthma is 100%, which has very severe symptoms to include: Forced Expiratory Volume-1 less than 40-percent predicted, or; FEV-1/FVC less than 40 percent, or; more than one attack per week with episodes of respiratory failure, or; requires daily use of systemic (oral or parenteral) high dose corticosteroids or immuno-suppressive medications.

The VA rates Anxiety with multiple Diagnostic Codes (DC) under CFR Title 38, Part 4, Schedule for Rating Disabilities, to include DC 9400, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, DC 9403 Specific Phobia; Social Anxiety Disorder (social phobia), DC 9410, Other Specified Anxiety Disorder, and DC 9413 Unspecified Anxiety Disorder.

#2: Secondary Service Connection for Flat Feet rated either unilateral or bilateral, with VA ratings of 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, or 50%. For instance, a veteran could be rated for Flat Feet secondary to Ankle Pain.

#3: Aggravation of a Pre-Service Disability for Flat Feet rated either unilateral or bilateral, with VA ratings of 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, or 50%. For example, a veteran could be rated for Flat Feet due to aggravation of a pre-service disability. This means you had the condition before you joined the military, but your military service aggravated your flat feet beyond their natural progression.

VA Disability Ratings for Radiculopathy range from 0% to 90% and depend upon the Frequency, Severity, and Duration of your symptoms, meaning the more severe your symptoms, the higher the VA rating for Radiculopathy.

Somatic Symptom Disorder is characterized by an extreme focus on physical symptoms, such as chronic pain, that causes major emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and problems functioning.

The VA rates Somatic Symptom Disorder using multiple Diagnostic Codes (DC) under CFR Title 38, Part 4, Schedule for Rating Disabilities, DC 9421 Somatic Symptom Disorder, DC 9422 Other Specified Somatic Symptom and Related Disorder, and DC 9423 Unspecified Somatic Symptom and Related Disorder.

DC 7520: If half or more of the penis is removed, then it is rated 30%. This condition can also be rated under the urinary rating system if that can result in a higher rating than 30%.

DC 7522: If the penis is deformed and cannot erect, then it is rated 20%. The following two requirements must be met before a 20% evaluation can be assigned for deformity of the penis with loss of erectile power under 38 CFR 4.115b, DC 7522:

DC 7523: Atrophy of the testicles is when they shrink and become nonfunctional. If one testicle is atrophied, then it is rated 0%. If both testicles are atrophied, then it is rated 20%.

DC 7524: If both testicles are removed, it is rated 30%. If only one testicle is removed, it is rated 0%. There are a few conditions for this code. If the testicle was removed because it was not fully developed or did not descend, then it is not ratable since this is a pre-existing condition and not directly related to military service. If the testicle had to be removed because of an injury or condition that is related to military service, and the remaining testicle is not functioning (whether it is related to service), it is rated 30%.

Pro Tip: Plenty of medical research studies point to the prevalence of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, veterans with PTSD experience higher rates of sexual dysfunction. A review study published by theJournal of Sexual Medicine in February 2015 found that male Veterans with PTSD were significantly more likely than their civilian counterparts to report erectile dysfunction or other sexual problems. In anotherstudy of male combat veterans diagnosed with PTSD, 85% reported erectile dysfunction, compared with a 22% rate among male combat veterans without any mental health diagnosis. PTSD involves anxiety, stress, and often, interpersonal communication problems and depression. Antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs, which may be prescribed for veterans who develop PTSD symptoms, can cause erectile dysfunction, as can other medications. Thus, you can get service-connected for ED Secondary to PTSD.

Effective February 7, 2021, Plantar Fasciitis has its own Diagnostic Code (DC) 5269 with VA Ratings for Plantar Fasciitis that range from 10% to 30% with a break at 20%.

The highest possible scheduler rating for bilateral Plantar Fasciitis is now 30% (not 50%), which includes symptoms such as, no relief from both non-surgical (orthopedic shoes or appliances) and surgical treatment.

The VA rates Arthritis with multiple Diagnostic Codes (DC) under CFR Title 38, Part 4, Schedule for Rating Disabilities, but most often using DC 5002 Multi-Joint Arthritis, DC 5003 Degenerative Arthritis, other than post-traumatic, DC 5010 Traumatic Arthritis, and DC 5242 Degenerative Arthritis. 350c69d7ab


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