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The Listings of Impairments: About Hearing Loss

By Kenton Koszdin on July 20, 2018 | In Disability Insurance

The Listings of Impairments: About Hearing Loss

As your counsel and advocate, along with presenting all evidence in an organized and easy-to-understand fashion, Kenton Koszdin will ask pertinent fact-finding questions to help qualify applicants for eligibility. Perhaps more importantly, the Kenton Koszdin Law Office will prepare you for what is probably the most common question asked by Administrative Law Judges: “In your opinion, what prevents you from working?”

If you or someone you know has experienced some degree of hearing loss, you may have a disability that meets the criteria established by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Listing of Impairments (the “Listings”). The Listing of Impairments lists impairments considered severe enough to prevent an individual from working or performing substantial gainful activity (SGA), measured in a dollar amount.

In evaluating hearing loss, Social Security usually requires an otologic examination and audiometric testing to determine the existence of a medically determinable impairment that causes hearing loss. An otoscopic examination sets forth a description of the appearance of the external ear canals while evaluating the tympanic membranes. An audiometry exam tests the ability to hear all types of sounds.

The otologic examination must be performed by a licensed physician or audiologist and, within two months, the audiometric testing should be conducted by a licensed audiologist or an otolaryngologist

The audiometric testing report is required to include medical history, the subject’s description of the effects of the hearing loss, and the attending professional’s description of the appearance of the external ears, evaluation of the tympanic membranes, and assessment of middle ear abnormalities.

If evidence exists that a claimant has a medically determinable impairment, the SSA may use the results of audiometric testing to assess the severity of hearing loss without additional otologic examinations. An experienced disability attorney can ensure that all of the necessary medical procedures are undertaken and all medical evidence is collected and, therefore, used to establish eligibility for disability benefits.

If you have any questions or concerns about any kind of disability cases, including Social Security Disability and workers’ compensation, call the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today! We even offer free in-home consultations! Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. We look forward to hearing from you. Se habla espańol!

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