Social Security Disability for Loss of Sight or HearingSocial Security Disability Benefits for Loss of Sight or Hearing

Loss of hearing can refer to a partial or complete loss of the hearing sense. People with a loss of hearing face difficult communication challenges, especially individuals who were born without the ability to hear. A lack of hearing ability can present communication limitations that may affect an individual’s relationships, ability to complete education, employment, and general well being. In addition to not being able to receive and interpret verbal communication, many hearing loss patients have speech disorders as well. Tinnitus, or a ringing or roaring sensation in the ears, is a symptom that affects the majority of hearing loss patients and can range from irritating to painful. Obviously, the inability to hear can prevent a person from doing a variety of jobs and can make communicating with others at home or in public very difficult.

 

Hearing loss is caused by damaged to the auditory system. The type of hearing loss is categorized by what area of the auditory system is affected. In cases of conductive hearing loss, the inability to hear results from a failure of sound to be conducted correctly from the outer ear canal to the eardrum and bones of the middle ear. Conductive hearing loss may result from infection, presence of a foreign body, perforated eardrums, tumors, malformation of the outer ear, middle ear, or ear canal, and others.

In patients with sensorineural hearing loss, some type of damage to the inner ear or nerve pathways that run from the inner ear to the brain are to blame for the loss of hearing. Causes of sensorineural hearing loss include disease, drugs, genetic conditions, birth injuries, noise exposure, viruses, head trauma, and aging.

Mixed hearing loss, referring to both inner and outer or middle ear, is caused by a combination of both conductive and sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing loss can also be unilateral, or present only in one ear.

Hearing Loss Treatments

Treatment for hearing loss depends on the type of auditory problem and the degree of hearing loss. Therapies to improve the condition may include medications, hearing devices including hearing aids, assistive listening devices, and alerting devices, speech therapy, antibiotics for infection, and surgery to repair ear injury.

For additional information on hearing loss, please visit the Hearing Loss Association of America. 

If you or a member of your family is unable to work due to hearing loss, let The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers help you get the Social Security Disability Insurance benefits you deserve. To schedule a free case review, contact our disability attorneys today.

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Sight

Loss of vision refers to a partial or complete loss of the ability to see, a sense that is integral to daily life. Loss of vision is one of the most difficult disabilities to deal with, whether a person was born with blindness or acquired the condition through injury or disease. The spectrum of visual impairment, referred to as "visual acuity," can range from legal blindness to total blindness and includes many variations in visual perception. Some individuals may have the ability to tell light from dark and see shapes, while others may be able to see to some degree but without fine details.

Vision loss is debilitating for many reasons. The limitations involved depend on the degree of vision loss present. Obviously, in people who have nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism that can be corrected with glassed, contacts, or vision correction surgery. In people who have disabling visual impairment, vision cannot be restored to a functional level. Loss of sight can prevent victims from driving, caring for themselves, going places without an escort, and performing many job functions. Blindness can have a profound effect on a person’s quality of life, making communication, relationships, and daily activities stressful and impossible in some cases.

Vision loss may be acute (occurring suddenly), chronic (occurring over time), or present at birth (due to inheritance or fetal injury). Acute vision loss is often the result of retinal disease, visual pathway disorders, optic nerve disease, or functional disorders. The majority of vision loss cases are acquired through chronic conditions, most notably eye diseases or malnutrition. Cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and corneal opacity are some examples of eye diseases that lead to blindness. Eye injuries, including job-related accidents and sports injuries, are also common causes of vision loss. People affected with a brain injury can also experience degrees of blindness as a result of brain damage.

Vision Loss Treatments

There are many research groups currently testing and developing potential therapies to treat blindness. Gene therapy is one innovative treatment under trial. Depending on the cause of the vision loss, a variety of medical efforts may be utilized, including corrective surgery, medication, alternative treatments, and lifestyle changes. Modern adaptive processes can enhance the quality of life for people with vision loss and make communication easier. Assistive living systems can include labeling of personal items, modification of currency to include Braille, and adaptive communication devices such as computer software and screen readers.

For additional information on the condition of vision loss, please visit the American Foundation for the Blind or WebMD’s Eye Health Center.

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