Disability rights are about ramps, more than awkward looks, and accessible parking. There are major issues of civil rights policy, and even life and limb that individuals haven’t even heard of as these are issues for many of disability problems.
Most people have no personal reason to learn about these issues. But anyone who cares about social justice should know about them. Each involves fundamental questions of death existence, equal opportunity, and the fight against prejudice. Most importantly, these disability problems each is solvable.
Disability Problems Listing for Hearing Loss
The SSA’s impairment listing states the requirements for mechanically being awarded disability benefits for hearing loss. To qualify for disability benefits for hearing loss (without cochlear implants), you must meet either one of the two subsequent tests.
Audiometry. Your normal hearing threshold sensitivity for air conduction must be 90 decibels (dB) or worse on your better ear, and you need to have a bone conduction hearing threshold of 60 decibels (dB) or worse in your better ear. Your hearing loss needs to be calculated by averaging your hearing in the sound frequencies of 500 hertz (Hz), 1,000 Hz, and 2,000 Hz.
Word recognition test. You must not be able to repeat more than 40% of a list of standardized words spoken in a word recognition test (which tests speech discrimination).Pure tone, bone conduction, and word recognition tests must be completed by an otolaryngologist (ENT), a licensed physician, or an audiologist working under the supervision of an ENT or physician. All testing is done with no hearing aids in. The SSA can also send you to an audiologist for auditory evoked response testing (which measures brain wave responses to tones) to find out whether your hearing is truly as bad as your pure tone audiometry tests indicate.
Pure tone, bone conduction, and word recognition tests must be completed by an otolaryngologist (ENT), a licensed physician, or an audiologist working under the supervision of an ENT or physician. All testing is done with no hearing aids in. The SSA can also send you to an audiologist for auditory evoked response testing (which measures brain wave responses to tones) to find out whether your hearing is truly as bad as your pure tone audiometry tests indicate.
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a potentially lethal condition where the heart cannot pump a sufficient amount of blood, which may cause blood to collect in the vessels leading to the heart and can cause congestion or buildup of fluid in many areas of the body. (If the left chambers of the heart fail, blood backs up into the lungs, causing lung congestion. If the right chambers of the heart fail, blood backs up into the legs and the liver, causing swelling and congestion, called edema.) CHF is accompanied by an enlargement in the heart’s size.
Chronic liver disease is a category of diseases as opposed to a disease itself. Chronic liver diseases include alcoholic liver disease, hepatitis B and C, sarcoidosis hepatitis, liver failure, cirrhosis, liver cancer, hepatoma, and other liver disorders. Chronic liver disease may result from hereditary factors, environmental toxins, viruses such as hepatitis C, autoimmune diseases, and drug and alcohol abuse. Symptoms of this liver disease include diarrhea, abdominal swelling, fatigue, jaundice, and mental disorientation.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that you get through the bite of a deer tick (black-legged tick). Due to the specific nature of Lyme disease, with its exacerbations and remissions, those who have Lyme disease can face an uphill struggle when they try to pursue either Social Security Disability (SSD) or SSI disability problems benefit.
If you have an end-stage renal failure (also called chronic kidney failure or chronic renal failure), you can get SSDI or SSI disability benefits if your condition is severe.
Panic attacks are cited generally and other psychiatric conditions, such as one or more phobias and depression, such as agoraphobia. It’s been estimated that about 10 percent of the general public may experience 1 panic attack annually, and about one in individuals from the US suffers from panic disorder at the same time in their lives.
Chronic pain is ongoing or recurrent pain that continues longer than the typical course of trauma or illness, or over three to six months. Chronic pain may manifest in any area, including headaches, back pain, joint pain, or muscle or nerve pain. It might be related to an injury or illness, or it might have no known cause. You may get diagnosed with a pain disorder like chronic regional pain syndrome, somatoform pain disorder, or reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), or a disorder that causes chronic pain, such as peripheral neuropathy, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, or ilioinguinal neuralgia.
Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an acute injury suffered from the brain and can be caused by several events, the most common causes being falls, automobile accidents, and firearms. Soldiers suffer inordinately from TBIs brought on by roadside bombs. The injuries vary from a concussion with temporary amnesia to permanent coma.
It’s not uncommon for the ability to focus those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury to experience physical problems as well as a change in cognitive abilities, personality, mood changes, or social functioning. Others have trouble with language, which could lead to ineffective speech or communication. Some disability problems may heal over time, and some functions might be recovered some although other impairments don’t improve or they may get worse over time.
Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by periods in which a sleeping person is not able to maintain an airflow through the nose and mouth or to move muscles, and thus stops breathing. People with sleep apnea stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds at a time while they are sleeping, every evening and these brief stops in breathing can happen up to 400 times.
People who are overweight have a heightened risk of developing sleep apnea. People affected by obesity As tissues in the pharynx and neck can compress, have difficulty breathing when they sleep and block the airway. This causes carbon dioxide levels in the body to rise to levels that are dangerous and uncomfortable and might wake individual several time during the evening.
COPD and Emphysema
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a general term for several lung diseases chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. These disability problems are characterized by clogged airflow through the airways in and out. Both cause excessive processes that eventually lead to abnormalities in lung structure and limited airflow. Both are.
The principal cause of COPD is cigarette smoking. A small fraction of COPD sufferers have alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency, also called familial emphysema. Dust and Air pollution may also contribute to COPD, especially if the person exposed to these substances is a smoker. In addition, a recent study indicates that adults with asthma are 12 times more likely to develop COPD.
COPD symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, and coughing. In addition, COPD adds to the heart’s work, and can cause pulmonary heart disease, or “cor pulmonale.” Treatment for COPD can include oxygen therapy, pulmonary rehabilitation, and medications. Very few patients with emphysema are healthy enough to survive the surgery, although the only successful cure for emphysema is a lung transplant. (For those patients who do get a lung transplant, Social Security disability benefits are automatically awarded for a period of three years.)