by Jim Fausone
Veteran Disability Attorney
We see so many errors by VA RO raters that technology improvements are warranted. A VA employee developed a hearing test calculator to automate the steps for determining compensation owed for varying degrees of hearing loss. After testing, the hearing loss calculator worked so well that VBA has rolled it out for use system-wide.
The hearing calculator analyzes audio metric data from a hearing test and then determines whether a veteran has a hearing loss, the extent of the loss in terms of decibels, and the level of disability. The calculator then generates a narrative text file, citing relevant regulations for payment. This calculator was created in the employee’s spare time. VA should unleash the private sector to create more tools to assist its employees.
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