What is Tinnitus? Can You Get Disability Benefits For It?

Tinnitus, most commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” is a condition which impacts 50 million Americans and, for about 16 million, the condition is so severe that medical or audiological treatment is sought. For many people, their tinnitus is so intrusive that it interferes with activities of daily living like working, concentrating, and engaging in social events. The Department of Veterans Affairs pays out over $1 billion a year in tinnitus disability payments. It’s the number-one service-connected disability for veterans and is impacting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in record numbers.

Tinnitus can be constant noise 24 hours a day, for the rest of one’s life. There’s no cure. It most frequently comes from exposure to loud noise – on the job, on the battlefield, while motorcycling, snowmobiling, while playing with fireworks, or listening to loud music.

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) is the foremost tinnitus research funding organization in the United States and along with others (e.g. Department of Defense and the National Institutes for Health) is pursuing promising treatment options and cures.

Please visit www.ata.org to learn more about tinnitus.

The Social Security Administration will also consider Tinnitus to be a disability.  For information on Social Security Disability in Virginia, DC and Maryland please visit www.sheriabrams.com


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