Here’s How People With Meniere’s Disease Can Qualify for SSDI

Here’s How People With Menieres Disease Can Qualify for SSDI

Meniere’s disease is a severe form of vertigo that can occur at any age. And those who suffer from it know how debilitating it can be. It causes spinning episodes and is accompanied by fluctuating hearing loss. Most often it is a progressive, ultimately permanent loss of hearing accompanied by ringing in the ear. This chronic condition is extremely frustrating, and while various treatments can help relieve symptoms – there is no cure. As a result, many are left unable to work and must apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).

How Can You Qualify For Disability Benefits?

The unpredictability of vertigo makes working difficult. Not only is permanent hearing loss possible, but fatigue, emotional distress, depression, and anxiety are all symptoms. Vertigo can also cause individuals to lose balance and increase the risk of falls and accidents. Driving or operating heavy machinery is also difficult and dangerous for those with Meniere’s.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) categorizes Meniere’s disease under Medical Listing 2.07.  Because the disease has varying degrees of severity, it must meet the following qualifications to be considered disabling:

  1. Disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; and
  2. Hearing loss established by audiometry.

The disease must also be severe enough to limit one’s ability to perform basic functions at 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 that must be met for an individual to receive SSDI. First, the SSA will determine if an individual is engaging in “substantial gainful activity.” If an individual earns more than $1,170 a month they are considered fully employed. If an individual makes less than this amount, however, they may be eligible.

Secondly, the SSA will also review the type of work the individual has performed in the past. If the individual can continue to do the past work, benefits will be denied. But if they cannot perform past tasks, the SSA will attempt to find them another type of substantial gainful employment. And if that is not possible, benefits will most likely be granted.

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