Hearing Impairments Disability

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The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers a number of conditions to be severe enough to prevent you from working. Regardless of the condition, all impairments are subject to evaluation and you 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. Contact them today for a free consultation!

Your Condition

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.

SSA Evaluation

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.

Hearing impairment must not be restorable by a hearing aid to qualify, and is evaluated by the SSA under two conditions:

  • 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 hears
    • How it is evaluated: receiving a score of 40 percent or less in the better ear on a discrimination test

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Together, our lawyers have more than 150 years of experience and, with a staff of more than 140 attorneys and case managers who handle more than 8,000 disability cases each year, we can help determine if you qualify for benefits. Our SSI attorneys treat you like family and handle your case with integrity. We know how to apply, how to appeal, and how to help. Call us today at (866) 684-3388 or fill out a free online consultation form.

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How Can a Lawyer Help?

Having the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer on your side may increase your chances of being approved for benefits. We can help you:


  • file your claim
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  • handle your appeal
  • and more
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