Hearing Loss And Social Security Disability

The ability to hear is an essential part of performing nearly any job. If your hearing is impaired to the extent that you are not able to perform regular job functions, you may be eligible to receive Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains strict guidelines with regard to the level of hearing loss an applicant must experience before he or she is considered eligible for benefits.

Obtaining benefits in these cases can be extremely difficult. Having an experienced Harrisburg attorney review your claim can provide some insight into your ability to seek SSD benefits. At the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC, we represent clients throughout Pennsylvania in a variety of benefit claims under Social Security Disability.

Hearing Loss And Workers' Compensation

Occupational hearing loss can be quite common for people who work in an environment where there is a consistently high level of noise. If your job is the direct cause of your hearing loss, you may be entitled to seek benefits under workers' compensation. It is not necessary for you to be disabled in order to seek benefits.

Under Pennsylvania law, the worker's hearing loss must be a minimum of 10 percent in order for a benefit claim to be considered. The claim must be filed within three years of the worker's last exposure to the noise and it must be shown that the noise in the workplace was the cause of the hearing loss.

When successful, workers' can receive benefits for the cost of hearing aids, batteries and repair expenses. In addition, workers may be able to seek cash benefits for permanent hearing loss. The level of benefits depends on the severity of the hearing loss and is paid as a percentage of the worker's average weekly wages. These benefits can be paid for up to 260 weeks.

Contact One Of Our Harrisburg Lawyers About Your Claim

Contact Katherine L. Niven & Associates to discuss your hearing loss questions with a lawyer. Initial consultations are always free. You can reach us by phone at 717-260-3580 or toll free at 866-321-5340. You can also reach us via email.