What is the TSGLI Loss Standard for Hearing?
Here we cover the TSGLI Loss Standard for Hearing and benefits available to eligible veterans.
When a servicemember has a loss of hearing due to a traumatic injury, he/she may be eligible for a TSGLI benefit of $25,000 for loss of hearing in one ear and up to $100,000 for both ears.
The following standards must be met to be eligible for the benefits:
The member’s average hearing threshold sensitivity for air conduction in at least one ear is 80 decibels or more and the loss of hearing will not improve (with reasonable certainty) throughout the member’s life.
The term air conduction refers to the sense of hearing. In air conduction, the sound energy moves the tympanic membrane (ear drum).
The decibel (dB) is the unit used to measure the intensity of a sound. On the decibel scale, the smallest audible sound (near total silence) is 0. A sound 10 times more powerful is 10 dB. Any sound 100 times more powerful than near total silence is 20 dB. A sound 1,000 times more powerful than near total silence is 30 dB. Here are some common sounds and their decibel ratings:
- Near total silence – 0 dB
- A whisper – 15 dB
- Normal conversation – 60 dB
- A lawnmower – 90 dB
- Car horn – 110 dB
- A rock concert or a jet engine – 120 dB
- Gunshot or firecracker – 140 dB
In the field of audiology (the study of hearing and deafness), acuity refers to keenness or sharpness of hearing, usually measured as the ability of a person to detect the presence of sound 50% of the time under ideal listening conditions.
Thus, a person who has no loss of hearing acuity will detect the presence of very weak or soft sounds; someone whose acuity is diminished will not detect the presence of sound until it is more intense.
Hearing acuity must be measured at 500 Hz, 1000 Hz and 2000 Hz to calculate the average hearing threshold. To qualify for the TSGLI benefit, loss of hearing must be clinically stable and unlikely to improve.
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