Can Mild Hearing Loss Be Considered a Disability?
Mild hearing loss is generally not considered a disability. But you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits if your hearing loss is drastic. Both ears should have the same or near the same reduced hearing ability. If you have decent hearing in one ear, then you will not qualify for benefits. In order to qualify, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must determine how severely your loss of hearing affects your employment options.
Standards for Reduced Hearing
If your loss of hearing is mild, the SSA will not consider it a drastic problem unless it prevents you from working. You must prove that because of your hearing there are absolutely no jobs available to you. For instance, you may lose your job as a music teacher should you develop a hearing problem. But that doesn't mean you can't find gainful employment elsewhere. If the SSA determines you're capable of other types of work, then they won't approve your benefits.
There are no exceptions to this rule. If you can work anywhere at all, then you're not eligible for assistance. The SSA is unlikely to believe mild or moderate hearing issues make it impossible to work. This is mostly because a slight loss in hearing is usually easy to correct with a hearing aid. But should the SSA decide to consider your claim, you must undergo a 2-step process to provide medical evidence.
1. An examination by a licensed physician or otolaryngologist is required. The exam seeks to determine if a temporary condition is the cause of your reduced hearing. Such conditions include wax buildup, fluid retention, a ruptured eardrum, or infection.
2. Audiometry testing performed by a licensed audiologist is required. This exam tests your ability to hear sounds of varying intensity and tone. The SSA will pay for additional testing from an otolaryngologist if your audiometry results fail to meet SSA standards.
The SSA and Loss of Hearing
According to the SSA, mild loss of hearing doesn't make a person disabled. But that doesn’t mean you can’t possibly qualify for assistance. If you can prove your hearing problems prevent you from working, then the SSA might grant your request for benefits.
Solutions To a Hearing Problem
In most cases, a hearing loss does not mean going deaf. A mild hearing loss is usually a reduction of certain frequencies. Mostly mid-range frequencies making it difficult to understand certain words. You can hear the person talking sometimes it’s hard to understand the words that they’re saying. Most of the time you mistake certain consonants in syllables because you’re not hearing all the frequencies.
Whether you’re experiencing a mild or heavy hearing loss, living with a hearing loss is no fun. It can make family time frustrating and work challenging. If you’re experiencing any kind of hearing loss the best step for you to take is to get a hearing check-up to understand exactly what frequencies you’re experiencing problems with. A mild hearing loss is fairly easy to correct. There are a number of hearing aid devices that can increase the missing frequencies, so you can hear clearer and better. There are many choices when it comes to hearing aids, there are small tiny ones that fit behind the ear that most of the time nobody sees. There’s also invisible hearing aids that fit down inside the ear canal. The best way for you to find out what type of hearing loss you’re experiencing and how to solve this problem is to schedule a hearing check-up with us. We offer free hearing check-ups with no obligation. This way you can get a baseline and understand exactly what frequencies you’re missing. We can even let you try a pair of hearing aids so you can see for yourself how much better life can be when you hear correctly.
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