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Social Security benefits for the hearing impaired

Although being blind is often mentioned as one of the many medical conditions that can qualify a person for disability, some of our Newark, New Jersey, readers, particularly those who are hard of hearing, may have wondered whether disability benefits are available to those who are completely deaf or have profound hearing impairments.

Although there are no special perks and benefits for the deaf as there are for the blind, being deaf can qualify a Newark resident for disability benefits, provided they otherwise meet all of the eligibility requirements.

To determine whether someone is "deaf" for purposes of disability benefits, the Social Security Administration looks to specific criteria. If the hearing difficulties can be corrected with a hearing aid such that the person can reasonably function, then the person will not be considered disabled due to a hearing impairment. Otherwise, the Administration has particular hearing tests upon which they rely.

One such test looks at whether a person can actually process running human speech, while another test measures more generally how sensitive one's ear is to noise. If either test indicates a person has a profound hearing deficiency, they may be eligible for benefits.

It is important in any event to remember that there is a difference between what the public in Newark, New Jersey, considers to be a "disability" an whom the Social Security Administration considers "disabled." Even if a person has complete hearing loss either due to genetics or an illness or injury later in life, he or she may still have to deal with a denied claim for benefits. In such situations, the assistance of a knowledgeable Social Security attorney may be advisable.

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