An Honest, Clear Voice In SSI/SSDI Care

Hearing loss as a disabling condition

On Behalf of | Jan 30, 2019 | Social Security Disability

Individuals who have the full function of their five senses may take for granted the small smells, sounds and sights that they are exposed to each day. When Oklahoma residents lose the capacity to use one or more of their senses, their world may dull and their capacity to function in it may diminish. This is particularly true of hearing loss, a serious condition that can rob a person of their ability to hold down a job.

The Social Security Administration addresses hearing loss in its blue book on disabling conditions. Hearing loss is categorized into two different classifications – conditions that have not been corrected with cochlear implants and those than have been corrected with cochlear implants. A cochlear implant is an electric device that may improve the hearing of a person who is profoundly deaf.

Individuals who struggle with hearing loss should seek the help of their doctors to determine if their hearing capacity is above, at or below the Social Security Administration’s threshold for qualifying for disability benefits.

A person who cannot hear may not be able to follow the commands and procedures of an employer. Although some individuals who are considered to be hearing impaired may have sufficient hearing to work and may be denied disability benefits, others whose conditions are severe may have options for securing financial assistance. Getting the right information about disability benefits field can help Oklahoma residents as they seek to apply for disability support or go through the appeals process in the event that their application has already been denied.