The spinning sensation, ringing in your ears, and hearing loss have all taken a toll on you. Your doctor has diagnosed you with Meniere’s disease and has tried different treatment options for your vertigo and hearing loss, but you are still struggling. You are unable to go about your daily activities and you are unable to work.
Meniere’s disease is a permanent medical condition for which there is no cure. If you meet the eligibility criteria for Social Security disability, you may receive monthly benefits.
But First You Have to Know If You Qualify
You may qualify for Social Security disability if you meet the requirements of Section 2.07 of the Listing of Impairments. Meniere’s disease is explicitly included in Section 2.07 which covers disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function. Pursuant to this section, you may qualify for Social Security disability if all three of the following are true:
- You have frequent episodes of balance disturbance, and progressive hearing loss.
- Your disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth is demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests.
- Your hearing loss is established by audiometry.
If you do not meet the requirements of Section 2.07 and you cannot work, you will need to prove to the Social Security Administration that your residual functional capacity is reduced to the point where you can no longer work.
You will need medical evidence to prove your eligibility regardless of which way you qualify for benefits.
Get the Help You Need Before You Submit a Social Security Disability Application
Some people with Meniere’s disease can continue to work. If the Social Security Administration finds that you can still engage in substantial gainful activity, or that you are otherwise ineligible for Social Security disability benefits, your application will be denied.
A board certified Social Security disability lawyer can review your application and submit a strong application on your behalf. To learn more about your rights and about how we may be able to help you, please download a FREE copy of our book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know, or contact us directly via this website to set up a confidential meeting.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.