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Social Security Disability Hearing Loss FAQs–
What Are the Symptoms of Hearing Loss?
Perhaps because “deafness” is often associated with old age, no one wants to admit that they are experiencing hearing loss. But there should be no shame or stigma associated with being hard of hearing.
If you think you may be experiencing hearing loss, consider whether you are experiencing any of these common symptoms:
- Frequently asking others to repeat themselves
- Needing to turn up the volume on the TV
- Trouble understanding conversations in noisy restaurants
- Struggling to hear people on the telephone
- Sitting up front at church or meetings to hear better
- Women and/or young children more difficult to hear or understand than men
- Inability to hear someone who talks to you from another room
- Ringing, “tinnitus”, or other noises in your ears
How Do I Qualify for Social Security Disability for Hearing Loss?
There are actually a few ways to qualify for Social Security Disability due to a hearing loss or deafness.
If you meet the Blue Book Disability Listing criteria for hearing you may “automatically” qualify. Similarly, if you have had cochlear implants in one or both ears, you will “automatically” be approved for Social Security Disability benefits for one year after the implantation.
If you do not meet the “automatic” criteria, you may also be able to get SSD on the basis of “Functional Capacity” – if you can prove that there are no jobs anywhere that you would be able to perform with your amount of hearing loss.
Does the Cause of my Deafness Matter for Collecting Social Security ?
Deafness can be caused by a wide variety of factors. Work related hearing loss (from workplace noise or chemicals) is the number one workplace injury. But hearing loss or deafness can also be caused by trauma or disease; age; prescription or recreational drugs; inherited disorders; hobbies such as playing an instrument, going to concerts or hunting.
As long as you meet the criteria (above) – and you have sufficient Social Security Work Credits – it does not matter what caused your hearing loss, for purposes of getting Social Security Disability.
What Can I Do If My Social Security for Hearing Loss is Denied?
If you were denied Social Security Disability benefits due to a partial or total hearing loss (deafness), it is important to contact a Social Security Disability attorney who is experienced in Hearing Loss Cases.
A Los Angeles area Social Security Disability attorney who is experienced in Hearing Loss / Deafness will be able to look at your case and help you present more or better information to help you obtain the Social Security Disability benefits you deserve.
Our experienced Los Angeles Social Security Disability attorneys have obtained millions of dollars in benefits for disabled, deaf & hearing impaired workers. We know how the Social Security system works and how to obtain the maximum SSD for which you qualify.
Call Our Experienced Los Angeles Social Security Attorneys: 562-622-4800