Swain v. McDonald, 27 Vet.App. 219 (Jan. 8, 2015)
HEARING LOSS EFFECTIVE DATES; 38 C.F.R. § 4.85
Held: 38 C.F.R. § 4.85 does not govern the assignment of effective dates for hearing loss ratings and does not require a Maryland CNC test to establish entitlement to an earlier effective date. Instead, the effective date is the earliest date that it is ascertainable that the claimant had a compensable hearing loss disability.