Vertigo and Social Security Disability for Portland residents

Social Security benefits are generally available to Portland residents whose medical conditions are so disabling that they are unable to work. Social Security can help pay for much needed medical treatment and help a beneficiary retain stable housing while dealing with a serious disability.

A Portland resident suffering from vertigo may qualify for Social Security disability benefits if his or her condition is severe and related to issues of labyrinthine-vestibular function, such as Ménière’s disease. It should be noted that this does not include feelings of light-headedness, confusion, syncope or unsteadiness. Rather the Social Security Administration defines vertigo as disturbances of balance related to hallucinations of motion, feelings of dizziness that are constant or happen during paroxysmal attacks, or loss of position sense.

Individuals with Ménière’s disease generally experience symptoms such as tinnitus, fluctuating hearing loss and paroxysmal. While remissions with this condition are uncommon and unpredictable, they can last for a significant length of time. As such, the severity of a given case of Ménière’s disease is most accurately determined after long-term examination and observation.

Individuals suffering from vestibular disorders must undergo complete neuro-otolaryngologic testing. Data from this testing should include descriptions of vertiginous episodes, including information regarding the duration, frequency and severity of the episodes. The testing should include pure tone and speech audiometry, as well as positional and caloric testing. If special tests like contrast radiography and polytomograms are administered, data from these tests should be sent to the SSA along with information obtained through medical imaging of the temporal bone and skull.

An experienced Portland Social Security Disability attorney can help applicants obtain the necessary testing for vertigo and vestibular disorders, and guide these applicants through the Social Security Disability application process.

Source: Social Security Online, “Disability EvaluationUnder Social Security – 2.00 SPECIAL SENSES AND SPEECH – Adult.”