If you meet Social Security’s standard for automatic approval for benefits because of profound hearing loss or deafness, you’ll need to gather medical evidence to support your claim.
Typically, the administration requires documentation from:
A complete otologic (ear) exam, performed by a licensed physician, showing that you have a hearing impairment within the SSA impairment standard range that is medically determinable, meaning it can be detected and diagnosed through medical science.
Exam results need to include:
- Your medical history.
- The physician’s detailed evaluation of the ear canals, tympanic membranes (eardrum), and any abnormalities he or she discovers.
- A statement from you describing the impact hearing loss has on your day-to-day life.
Next, audiometric (measuring the ability to hear) testing completed within 60 days the otologic exam. A qualified otolaryngologist or audiologist must perform or oversee the test.
Finally, any other relevant information you may have regarding your hearing, including:
- A physician’s RFC form.
- Statements from former employers.
- Previous medical records.
Please note that any additional evidence you submit will be qualified by the results of the otologic and audiometric evaluations completed for your SSI or SSDI application.
Anyone considering applying to Social Security for hearing loss that does not meet the agency’s standard for disability will have a long road ahead of them. It may be in your best interests to work with a Butte disability attorney from the start. To learn more about how the Ledgerwood Law Group can help, call our offices at 888-761-7383 or fill out the online contact form. Don’t wait another day.
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