I’m getting cochlear implants in a few months as an attempt to improve profound deafness resulting from a head injury a few years back. Should I wait to apply for Omaha SSDI benefits until after the procedure is complete?

No. In fact, you should consider speaking with an Omaha disability attorney as soon as possible to discuss what is involved in applying for Social Security disability benefits immediately.

That’s because the SSA allows disability benefits for 12 full months to any individual who receives cochlear implants.

Cochlear implants are surgically implanted electronic medical devices. Through their use, individuals with certain types of hearing impairments are able to receive enough auditory information to understand speech, environmental sounds, and even music. Successful implantation procedures have assisted some people with profound hearing loss to re-enter the workforce.

This method of treatment isn’t used for individuals with partial or short-term hearing loss. That means that qualifying for an implant means you meet the Social Security standard for hearing loss.

Cochlear implants aren’t always successful. Even when they are, it can sometimes take years to start seeing real benefits from the procedure. A year after you receive implants, the Social Security Administration requires you to take a Hearing In Noise test. If your word recognition score isn’t over 60%, you will still qualify for benefit.

For most applicants, the disability claim process is overwhelming and confusing. Improve your odds of success by working with an Omaha disability lawyer from the start. Call Cuddigan Law at (402) 933-5405 today.

Also order your copy of our free booklet, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.