Unfortunately, being unable to hear in one or both ears is usually not enough to win a disability case by itself. Many people work in non-industrial work settings with hearing aids like cochlear implants. But in combination with other conditions negatively affecting the body, you still may have a chance to build a strong case.
A strong case involving this medical condition typically charts the following course:
- Referrals: Ask your primary physician for a referral to an audiologist
- Exam: Take the audiology exam.
- Compliance: Wear hearing aids (if prescribed) to every medical appointment.
- Symptoms: If you do not hear what the nurse/physician is telling you, then ask them to repeat it. Otherwise they will assume your hearing is fine and will write that assumption down in your medical records.
Written By: Jacob Hugentobler, Hearing Attorney
Image Credit: Types of Hearing Loss, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (07/18/2022), available at https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/hearingloss/types.html
Image Credit: Recognize the Signs of Sudden Hearing Loss, Lakeshore Ear, Nose, Throat Center, PC, available at: https://www.lakeshoreent.com/recognize-the-signs-of-sudden-hearing-loss/