Special Senses and Speech Conditions and Disability

Social Security’s rules recognize a wide variety of medical conditions which, if severe enough, may qualify for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration.

One category includes Special Senses and Speech conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Loss of visual acuity. Remaining vision in the better eye after best correction is 20/200 or less; Contraction of the visual field in the better eye; Loss of visual efficiency; Disturbance of labyrinthine?vestibular function (including Meniere’s disease), characterized by a history of frequent attacks of balance disturbance, tinnitus, and progressive loss of hearing.

Hearing impairments (hearing not restorable by a hearing aid) manifested by: (A) Average hearing threshold sensitivity for air conduction of 90decibels or greater, and for bone conduction to corresponding maximal levels, in the better ear, determined by the simple average of hearing threshold levels at 500, 1000, and 2000hz. (see 2.00B1); or (B) Speech discrimination scores of 40 percent or less in the better ear.

Loss of speech due to any cause, with inability to produce by any means speech that can be heard, understood, or sustained.