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Hearing Loss and Social Security Disability

Thursday, August 30, 2018 9:09:38 AM Australia/Melbourne

Hearing Loss and Social Security DisabilityWhile social security and its benefits vary country to country, it’s a common enough premise where you’re most likely familiar with it. If not, here’s a high level 101 (thank you World Wide Web) – “Social Security is any government system that provides monetary assistance to those with an inadequate income or not income at all.” It includes different benefits depending on where you live. In most societies, your paycheck leading up to the age of retirement automatically detracts money that will contribute to Social Security. There are also different benefits that are a part of Social Security and one of these is disability. While the Hearlink team is fully of the opinion that hearing loss should not be seen as a disability in the broadest sense, we also advocate for processes and systems that make your life easier if you do have hearing loss. After all, we see information sharing as one of these tools. That’s why we stood up this blog, to help educate and inspire our readers and patients to live their fullest lives. Today, we’re diving into the relationship between Social Security disability and hearing loss.


Hearing loss won’t automatically ensure that you receive disability benefits. That being said, there are specific criteria that it may meet where you can apply for assistance. The biggest one of these is if your hearing loss gets in the way of you working on a regular basis. The assistance is comprehensive. It can help cover your housing, your bills, food and any medical expenses so that you have better peace of mind.


In order to be qualified, you’ll need to take a hearing test. You’ll visit any one of the qualified hearing professionals in your area to complete it. Cochlear implants will help treat many degrees of hearing loss, but if they aren’t mitigating it properly, you’ll be better suited to take advantage of the Social Security benefits. There are criteria that must be met. These include an air conduction threshold of 90 decibels or more in your stronger ear. You also need bone conduction hearing threshold of 60 decibels or more. Alternatively, if you have a word recognition score of 40% or less, you’ll qualify. This is determined using a list of standardized, balanced, monosyllable words.


There is a tradeoff even if you meet stipulations like those listed above. The system also takes your income into consideration. If you make more than a certain amount, depending on where you live, you will not qualify for benefits like these. If your employer can shift what your normal day looks like in order to create a better environment for you, you will not qualify either. If your employment and your role isn’t impaired by hearing loss, then you do not qualify.


You may be on the fence about starting the process. Feel free to reach out to the Hearlink team. We’re available by email and by phone, and happy to answer any questions that you may have.

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