Meniere’s disease is severe vertigo that happens at any age. Anyone who develops this issue can tell you how hard it is to function at work. It can cause spinning episodes and fluctuating hearing loss. Most often, Meniere’s disease leads to progressive, ultimately permanent hearing loss and ringing in your ears. This chronic condition is unpleasant and frustrating for patients. And while various treatments can help relieve symptoms, no cure currently exists. As a result, Meniere’s disease often forces sufferers to stop working. If that describes you, apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
How Can You Qualify For Disability Benefits With Meniere’s Disease?
Vertigo’s unpredictable nature makes working full-time difficult (if not impossible). You might suffer permanent hearing loss along with fatigue, emotional distress, depression and anxiety. Vertigo can also make you lose your balance. This increases your risk for workplace falls and accidents. Driving or operating heavy machinery is also difficult. Your doctor likely told you those jobs are too dangerous for people with Meniere’s disease.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) categorizes Meniere’s disease under Medical Listing 2.07. Because the disease can affect people differently, it must meet the following disability qualifications:
- Disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; and
- Hearing loss established through an audiometry test.
How Meniere’s Disease Symptoms May Limit Your Ability to Work
Your Meniere’s disease symptoms must also severely limit your ability to work. These include:
- Seeing, hearing, and speaking
- Walking, standing, lifting, (and several other physical requirements)
- Understanding and carrying out simple instructions
- Working with supervision, co-workers and common work situations
There are a few more requirements to meet before you’ll qualify for SSD benefits. First, the SSA will determine if you’re engaging in “substantial gainful activity.” That just means you earn more than $1,310/month, even if it’s passive income. But if you get some money below that amount each month (i.e., child support or alimony payments), you may still qualify.
Secondly, the SSA will also review what jobs you did in the past. If you can still hold some kind of job, they’ll reject your SSD application. But if you cannot perform past tasks, the SSA will try to find another job that fits your new limitations. If none exists, the SSA may approve your application.
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