Social Security evaluates all hearing impairments on the basis of the person's ability to hear and distinguish speech. Social Security's disability guidebook (the list of impairments) states that claimant alleging deafness should have the following examinations: Otalaryngologic examination, puretone air and bone audiometry, speech reception threshold and speech discrimination testing.
All of these reports should be submitted to Social Security. You do not have to bring them with you but, ideally, you should have medical sources that could provide them. Since cochlear implants give uniform results, your case would be evaluated upon your ability to hear and distinguish speech.
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