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Social Security Disability and Bilateral Hearing Loss




 
"Hello, I was wondering if the state of Hawaii or federal offers any assistance or tax credits for resident of Hawaii. I currently am working but on hard times and finding it hard to make ends meet. I do have 20% or more hearing loss in both ears from birth. I appreciate your time and any information you can provide me with. Aloha Thanks"



I am not sure about tax credits or assistance in Hawaii. However, if you are inquiring about Social Security disability benefits, you may or may not be able to receive disability benefits based upon your 20% bilateral hearing loss. Social Security disability is based upon two factors: a severe medically verifiable impairment and the inability to perform substantial work activity.

You stated that you are working; my next question would be how many hours a week are you working and how much do you earn. If you are earning more than the the SGA amount for SSA, you would not be eligible for Social Security disability no matter what your medical impairment is.

If you are earning under that amount, you may be eligible for disability benefits. You would have to file an application for disability benefits and go through the medical disability process to determine if your hearing loss meets the severity requirements of the Social Security disability program








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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI


These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria