Social Security Disability and SSI benefits can be available to individuals suffering from labyrinthine-vestibular dysfunction or Ménière’s disease. Ménière’s disease (hydrops or endolymphatic hydrops) is an inner ear disorder that affects balance and hearing. Claimants can qualify for benefits due to disturbance of labyrinthine-vestibular function if certain requirements are met.
Appendix 1 to Subpart P of Part 404 of The Code of Federal Regulations, in Section 2.07, states in pertinent part:
2.07 Disturbance of labyrinthine-vestibular function (including Ménière’s disease), characterized by a history of frequent attacks of balance disturbance, tinnitus, and progressive loss of hearing. With both A and B:
A. Disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; and
B. Hearing loss established by audiometry.
If a claimant does not qualify for benefits based on this Listing, the impairments can still be considered when determining whether he or she can return to past employment or whether jobs exist in the local and national economy. Usually, someone suffering from Ménière’s disease may also have other disabling impairments and the nature of Ménière’s disease usually prevents regular, predictable attendance at work.
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