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What Special Senses Disorders Are Covered by Disability Benefits?

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What Special Senses Disorders Are Covered by Disability Benefits?

What Special Senses Disorders Are Covered by Disability Benefits?

Almost any of the five senses of vision, hearing, touch, taste, and touch can become disrupted by a medical disorder. Depending on the resulting symptoms, some people may not be able to perform the same level of work as before. The loss of vision, for example, often makes working certain jobs impossible. Ask a Wilmington disability attorney for guidance if you are considering filing for disability benefits.


There are a multitude of special senses disorders that could be eligible for disability benefits. These sensory disorders can fall into four main types of special senses disorders that include:

  • Vision impairmentsWhat Special Senses Disorders Are Covered by Disability Benefits?
  • Hearing impairments
  • Speech disorders
  • Vertigo

Blindness is probably one of the most common visual impairments that qualify for disability benefits. Someone who is legally blind is most likely to receive disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, there are other levels of vision difficulties that may also qualify based on visual acuity, field of vision, and vision test results.

Hearing impairments also range from deafness to mild hearing loss. The degree of hearing loss is often judged by hearing tests. Results from these tests will determine heating loss severity which will then determine eligibility for benefits.

Speech disorders range from a complete loss of speech to disruptions in speech. Certain communication disorders may overlap in this category because they can impact the ability to speak. Total speech loss is what most often qualifies someone for disability benefits.

Vertigo is a condition that may impact a person’s perception of distance and balance. Disability benefits are offered based on the severity and how long a person has had vertigo. Conditions that cause dizziness may also qualify for benefits like certain inner ear disorders.


Once you figure out which special senses disorder you have, the next step is to collect evidence. Submitting adequate medical evidence and non-medical evidence is essential for the SSA to consider your application for disability benefits. A lack of evidence is one of the most common reasons people do not receive benefits.

When it comes to special senses disability benefits, the SSA Blue Book online breaks down the criteria for each of these conditions. Here you will be able to figure out what evidence your specific special senses disorder requires. For example, the Blue Book details the evidence required for hearing loss like audiometric testing and an ontological examination.

Several criteria for evidence and specifications are listed under the vision loss category. Going through all this information can sometimes feel overwhelming. Try contacting a Wilmington disability lawyer if you have any questions about the eligibility criteria for disability benefits.


Trying to find evidence to prove a disability claim for a special senses disorder can be challenging. Consider reaching out to a Delaware disability lawyer to figure out your options for disability benefits. Start by contacting Edelstein Martin & Nelson by dialing (302) 295-5050 for a free consultation today. Our team of attorneys is ready to help increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need.

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