If you are applying for Social Security disability benefits in Omaha due to hearing loss—whether you meet the SSA standard or are building a case for less than total hearing loss—your application will need sufficient hard medical evidence.
The two primary pieces of evidence at the core of an application for hearing loss are:
An Otologic Workup by a Licensed Physician
Results of your ear exam will demonstrate that you have medically determinable hearing loss, or a hearing impairment that can be detected and diagnosed by medical science. Included with the results should be:
- Your complete medical history.
- Your statement explaining the effect of hearing loss on daily tasks.
- A comprehensive overview of your exam results by the doctor, with descriptions of your ear canals, eardrum and any anomalies the doctor observes.
An Audiometric Test
The audiometric—or hearing—test should be completed within 60 days of the otologic exam. Please note that a licensed otolaryngologist or audiologist must either perform or oversee the test.
Additionally, you may want to gather any other information you have related to hearing loss, such as:
- A medical source statement from your doctor.
- Statements from individuals who have dealt with your hearing loss.
- Other medical records.
While this type of evidence can serve as excellent support for your application, remember that it is a supplement to the evidence provided by the ear exam and hearing tests.
If hearing loss prevents you from working but does not yet meet Social Security’s standard, consider preparing your case for Omaha disability benefits with one of the knowledgeable professionals at Cuddigan Law. Call (402) 933-5405 or email [email protected] to learn more. Also ask for our free report, Give Yourself the Best Chance of Winning Your Social Security Disability Case.