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Denied disability because I was told I could some type of other work
I have sent my case to the appeals court. I have a listing of disabilities, hearing loss moderate to severe (tinnitus - its ringing in my ears), meniere's disease which causes dizziness and falling, etc, multi degenerative disc diease, ankylosing lumbar spondylitis, depression disorder, and anxiety.
I have documentation for all of this. And I still was denied. I was told I could not return to my prior job but can work as an assembler which is supposed to be light work.
My hearing doctor said to get hearing aids as they may assist with the hearing loss, but in my left ear, forget it, I lost too much hearing for this to be of use. I cannot afford hearing aids as well. I can not speak to anyone because I can not hear anything and it is affecting my speech.
I am very, very sorry to hear of your predicament. All of your conditions pose significant limitations I have no doubt. The tinnitus, the meniere's disease which can be fairly dangerous because it can result in falls that cause injury...and the hearing loss just complicates that entire situation. And, of course, your ankylosing spondylitis is a degenerative condition that limits your range of motion, causes inflammation, and is painful.
I think anyone in your position, considering they have balance, hearing, and mobility issues, combined with pain, would have a severe impediment to finding work and this is why I think it is ridiculous when people actually say that the disability system is too easy to get approved under. As you know full well, it is not.
I assume that you were denied by a Social Security Judge at a hearing and that your case is now with the appeals council. If that is the case, stay in touch with your disability representative or attorney to see if they have any news for you. Unfortunately, the AC is very slow and usually the answer that comes back is that they will not review the decision of the administrative law judge.
I am also assuming that, if your attorney filed an appeal with the appeals council they considered it worthwhile to do versus filing a brand new application for disability benefits.
If you were not represented at your hearing, I would advise that you consult with someone regarding your case and for that you would want to have a copy of the judge's decision with you when you do.
Now, if by chance we are not talking about having already appealed to the appeals council, but, instead, you are referring to having been denied by a judge at a hearing, you will need to consider whether or not you want to appeal to the appeals or file a new claim. I would say that in most cases it is advantageous to file a new claim, but, again, you may wish to speak to someone regarding this.
I wish you the best of luck in your case.
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