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Can people with special senses disorders qualify for SSD

On Behalf of | Apr 30, 2024 | Social Security Disability (SSD)

The senses are crucial to everything that humans do, and this includes work. Damage to any one of the senses can result in an individual having to change their daily routines. In serious cases, an affected party may no longer be able to work.

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are available to workers who have gained enough credits and are unable to work, or are at least limited in terms of the amount that they can work. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has strict criteria for these types of conditions that qualify for these benefits.

Can someone with a special senses disorder collect SSD?

What are special senses disorders?

The first step toward establishing whether or not a person qualifies for SSD is to define their condition. The Social Security Administration has published guidelines on what special senses disorders are. Special senses disorders include:

  • Conditions that impact visual sharpness and tracking
  • Conditions that disturb the functions of the inner ear
  • Conditions that impact an individual’s ability to speak
  • Hearing impairments

Health conditions or injuries that impact any of the above functions on a long-term basis may qualify for SSD. Other conditions that result in sensory challenges may qualify as well.

Proving the extent of your condition

If you are making a claim for SSD, the more evidence you have, the more likely it will be that your claim will be successful. For example, for visual disorders, you will need an official diagnosis from a doctor who specializes in eye conditions. They can conduct tests to establish the root cause of the condition, suggest a treatment plan and give evidence as to how a visual impairment impacts your ability to work.

If you have suffered a loss of senses, you may be able to obtain SSD. The legal process can be complex, which is why it’s important to have experienced guidance on your side.