Disability insurance companies don’t always make it easy for policyholders who have hearing loss or problems because of tinnitus or Meniere’s disease to get the disability benefits they deserve. Not all hearing loss qualifies you for disability benefits.
How Do Disability Carriers View Hearing Loss Disability Claims?
You will have to show profound changes in your hearing and overcome the carrier’s argument that:
Many disability claims for hearing loss are denied. The disability insurance company also says:
(1) There is no objective basis of the hearing loss,
(2) There is no objective basis for the restrictions and limitations assigned by your physician,
(3) There is no causal relationship between your hearing loss and/or your restrictions and limitations, and your inability to do your own or any occupation,
(4) The surveillance shows there is nothing wrong with you despite your complaints of good days and bad days, and
(5) Your symptoms or the frequency of your attacks don’t prevent you from working a normal schedule.
Nancy Cavey, who has 35 years experience handling disability cases, has successfully represented many policyholders with hearing loss. She overcomes a claims denial by working closely with you and your physician.
She often employs a vocational expert to address the disability carrier’s arguments that you have been able to work, that you could work with accommodation, and your attendance would not be an issue.
Nancy Cavey offers a free initial consultation and welcomes the opportunity to speak with you about your disability claim.
What Are The Types of Hearing Loss?
There are three types of hearing loss:
What Are The Causes Of Hearing Loss?
The most common causes of hearing loss are age and exposure to loud noise. Hearing loss also can occur as a result of:
* Perforation of the eardrum,
* Head injury,
* A side effect of some cancer treatments, and
* A side effect of certain medications.
Tinnitus and Meniere’s disease are also common causes of hearing loss or impairment. Most disability carriers consider both conditions to be subjective.
Tinnitus is a sound that is generated only in your head! No one else can hear the ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring that can be experienced with tinnitus. More than 80% of people with tinnitus have hearing loss as a result of damage to the hair cells in the ear.
There are many ways to treat tinnitus, including sound therapy, but there is no cure. Disability carriers often reject out of hand or minimize the impact tinnitus can have on hearing or the emotional problems it can cause.
Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes episodes of spinning, know as vertigo. There is also fluctuating hearing loss, tinnitus and a feeling of pressure in the ear. Often it affects only one ear.
Meniere’s can be debilitating because of its unpredictability and because of the need to lie down for hours. That can cause you to miss time from work. Worse, it can cause depression and anxiety, prompting disability carriers to invoke the mental nervous limitations in policies, which limits benefits to 24 months.
How Do I Get The Disability Insurance Benefits I Deserve?
Hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere’s disease can interfere with your daily activities and with your ability to work. If you no longer can work because of hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere’s disease, or if your doctor has told you to apply for disability benefits, you should take steps before you apply:
Contact Disability Attorney Nancy L. Cavey, Who Can Help You Regardless of Where You Live
Hearing loss, tinnitus and Meniere’s disease can make it difficult, if not impossible, to work. You owe it to yourself and your family to get help today! Nancy Cavey can review your policy and your medical records, and explain to you what your policy says and how to get your disability benefits. Call today for a free consultation at 727-894-3188.