As humans, we depend on our five senses to interpret and interact with our surroundings in the world. That is why the loss of one of these senses, such as hearing, can leave an individual extremely disabled and unable to perform certain duties they were once capable of. There is help available to those who suffer a Hearing Impairment Disability through the Social Security Administration (SSA).
Individuals who are deaf or have a serious hearing impairment must meet certain criteria in order to be considered eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits or Supplemental Security Income though. A SSA Press Release explains this criterion included providing evidence of the impairment through an otologic examination and audiometric testing that has been conducted in the past two months. These examinations must be performed by a licensed medical physician or specialist and the application for benefits should be accompanied by medical records supplied by these individuals.
If the individual applying for benefits uses a permanent hearing-assistance device, such as a cochlear implant, special testing procedures can be performed in order to determine the level of the claimant’s disability.
The Social Security Disability Benefits Lawyers with the law firm of Newlin Disability are aware of how complex the process of applying for federal disability assistance can be. That is why the firm urges anyone who is considering applying for such benefits to discuss their legal options with a reputable attorney first.