What You Should Do If Your Hearing Loss Doesn’t Meet the Requirements in the Listing
Even if your hearing loss doesn’t meet the requirements in the listing above, you should still apply since you might qualify for disability under certain exceptions. If you prove that there aren’t any jobs available to you due to your hearing loss, you might still receive hearing loss social security disability benefits.
When the SSA reviews your application, they determine how much your hearing loss affects your ability to communicate effectively. During this process, they assign you a residual functional capacity (RFC) number, which rates the type of work available to you with your hearing loss.
For example, your average hearing threshold sensitivity might be 70dB, which means you cannot perform work that requires word recognition, ruling out jobs that involve media communications of operating machinery.
While the SSA might try to find other jobs you qualify for, you may still receive disability if you don’t have the skills, experience, or education necessary to do them. The SSA calls this a medical-vocational allowance and usually awards it to individuals aged 55 or older. However, even if you qualify for this allowance, the SSA still requires audiometry tests, word recognition tests, and other exams that identify hearing loss.
Need Help Applying for Hearing Loss Social Security Disability Benefits? Contact GAR Disability Advocates Today
At GAR Disability Advocates, we understand how difficult the disability claims process is for applicants. Our team serves SSDI and SSI applicants throughout the country and helps them get the disability benefits they deserve.
We offer contingency-based service and help with every step of the application process, from the initial application to appeals and hearings. Most importantly, you only pay us if we successfully get you benefits.
If you have any questions about hearing loss social security disability benefits or would like to apply for disability using an advocate, call us today at 201-561-7731 or fill out our online form for a free evaluation.