SSD For Ménière's Disease and Labyrinthitis

This grouping of disturbances, believed to be caused by impairments including dysfunction or illness in the middle or inner ear tend to cause disturbances in balance with trouble maintaining position sense and motion as well as a chronic sensation of dizziness. These conditions can be chronic or occur in episodes or attacks which may include dizziness, nausea, vomiting and ataxia.

Meniere's Disease is a non-fatal, but chronic condition that causes tinnitus (ringing in the ears) as well as severe dizziness. It can result in a loss of hearing. Symptoms typically occur in one ear and include roaring in the ear, dizziness, and hearing that comes and goes. The cause is believed to be related to fluid levels in the ear canal or inner ear. Acute attacks can last 20 minutes to 2 hours, and can result in vertigo and hearing loss or fluctuating hearing loss. Reduction of fluids in the body can reduce symptoms in some patients and sometimes surgery is indicated.

Labyrinthitis is an ear disorder that involves irritation and swelling of the inner ear. There are likely many causes of labyrinthitis. It commonly occurs after an ear infection or an upper respiratory infection. It may also occur after an allergy, cholesteatoma, or taking certain drugs that are dangerous to the inner ear. During labyrinthitis, the parts of the inner ear become irritated and inflamed. This interferes with their function, which includes the ability to keep balance. Symptoms include: vertigo, difficulty focusing the eyes, dizziness, hearing loss in one ear, loss of balance, nausea and vomiting, ringing or other noises in the ears.

Mastoiditis is an infection of the mastoid bone behind the ear. It is typically caused by a middle ear infection that spreads to the bone and can cause deterioration of the bone itself. Mastoiditis is more common among children than adults. It is less common today than in the past and, with the advent of antibiotics, is treatable if diagnosed appropriately.

Testing for vestibular disorders includes audiometric testing, positional or caloric testing including with electronystagmography. There are many other specialized tests such as bone scans, CAT scans, x-rays, MRIs which may help with the diagnosis.

In order to prove your disability to Social Security, you need to either document that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria found in the Social Security Commissioner's regulations or, if you are an adult, that your condition and symptoms are so severe that you are unable to work. If you are a child under 18, you must similarly show that your condition or conditions meet or equal in severity the criteria in the Social Security Commissioner's regulations or that your condition or conditions functionally equals the Commissioner's regulations.

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This firm also handles SSI child's disability cases at all levels.

Organizations: American Hearing Research Foundation (http://www.american-hearing.org/); National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (www.nidcd.nih.gov).

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