The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all are subject to evaluation and must meet certain criteria to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.

Though most of the conditions listed by the SSA as disabling are permanent or expected to result in death, those that are not require evidence showing that the condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year. Our dedicated Social Security Disability Benefit attorneys are here to help and support you during this time.

Hearing impairment, or deafness, is an auditory condition that affects a person’s ability to process sound—losses range from normal to profound in severity. There are three types of hearing loss: conductive, sensorineural, and mixed hearing loss.

Conductive hearing loss causes a reduction in sound level and occurs because of conditions affecting the outer canal, eardrum, or the middle ear, while sensorineural hearing loss results from damage to the inner ear or the nerve pathways in the inner ear to the brain. Unlike conductive hearing loss, a sensorineural ear condition can’t be medically fixed. Mixed hearing loss is a combination of both conditions.

Hearing Impairment Disability

Hearing impairment is classified by the SSA as a condition affecting special senses and speech and may qualify you for either SSD or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits dependent on your condition and age.

If your hearing can be restored via the use of a hearing aid, it will not qualify as a disability. Hearing impairment disabilities are evaluated by the SSA using two benchmarks:

Hearing Threshold

  • What it is: a person’s minimum hearing level
  • How it is evaluated: testing the average threshold levels in the person’s better ear at 500, 1,000, and 2,000hz

Speech Discrimination

  • What it is: how well a person understands what he or she hears
  • How it is evaluated: receiving a score of 40 percent or less in the better ear on a discrimination test

Get Social Security Benefits for Your Hearing Impairment

Losing some or all of your hearing can significantly impact your ability to work in many occupations. If you are unable to work due to your hearing loss, you may be eligible to receive benefits from the SSA. However, the SSA may deny your claim—even if your hearing loss is significant.

The Social Security Disability lawyers at Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have worked with many people who have hearing impairments, and we understand what you’re going through. That’s why we’ll do everything in our power to get you the benefits your family needs. Contact us today by dialing (800) 477-7315. Your initial consultation is free, and our No Fee Guarantee® means you won’t owe us a dime unless we get benefits for you.

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