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Special Senses Systems
Attorney Kenneth N. Gormly

Special Senses Systems

Special Senses Systems

SSA Bluebook definition: Special Senses Systems

Visual disorders are abnormalities of the eye, the optic nerve, the optic tracts, or the brain that may cause blindness. This listing also covers loss of speech, hearing loss not treated with cochlear implantation, and hearing loss treated with cochlear implantation.

When assessing an applicant with a special senses impairment, the SSA will typically consider the severity of the person’s condition and treatments that have been tried. Some individuals’ work experience, education level, and age may also be assessed in order to determine their potential for substantial gainful activities.

Hearing Loss

The degree to which a person’s hearing is affected may make it difficult to achieve and maintain employment in certain occupations. The Social Security Administration will need to review the results of certain tests, such as standardized hearing tests (tone recognition), air conduction, bone conduction, and word recognition.

Speech Loss

Many people who are unable to speak due to a neurological or physical impairment find it difficult, or impossible, to maintain full time employment. Some of the most common conditions that the SSA considers for this listing include:

  • Articulation or phonemic disorders
  • Muteness
  • Stuttering
  • Dysarthria
  • Aphasia

Vision Disorders

An applicant who is considered legally blind in both eyes is likely to qualify for disability benefits. When a person has an uneven vision impairment, the SSA will consider the eye with better vision as part of their assessment. As is the case with hearing loss, the results of certain tests may be necessary for approval. Specific conditions (such as glaucoma or optic neuropathy) may have their own, unique assessments required for application.


Many people diagnosed with vertigo have very disruptive symptoms that are difficult to predict, including bouts of dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. While not all people living with vertigo will qualify for partial or full SSDI benefits, those with severe cases may be able to receive benefits. Working with a qualified attorney can help an applicant collect the proper medical evidence needed to make their case to the SSA.

Apply for Special Senses Disability in Tacoma

If your special senses condition is preventing you from engaging in substantial gainful activities, you may qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Our special senses disability lawyer can help you build a case for SSI/SSDI  in Tacoma. To discuss your disability or claim with us, please call 253-274-0500 to book a free consultation.

Kenneth N Gormly

1105 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402

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