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Can you get SSDI for dizziness?


If every time you get up you begin to feel dizzy, you might be finding it difficult to do your job. Maybe you can’t get to work on time or you aren’t able to complete a shift.

It may be possible for you to get Social Security Disability Insurance for dizziness. As long as you have earned enough credits to qualify for SSDI, you may be able to seek it for vertigo or other conditions if they are severe enough to negatively impact your life and make it impossible to work.

Where can you find vertigo in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book?

Vertigo is not listed directly. It is generally included with Special Senses and Speech disabilities. Vertigo associated with the disturbance of the labyrinthine-vestibular function of the ears may qualify you for SSDI. Meniere’s disease is one recognized condition, but there are others.

Some of the qualifying symptoms of this disease and others may include:

  • Paroxysmal attacks of vertigo
  • Fluctuating hearing loss
  • Tinnitus

A vestibular disorder will need to be diagnosed by a neuro-otolaryngologist. They’ll need to provide details about the vertigo episodes that you’re suffering from and the length of the attacks. They’ll also need to provide documentation about the severity of the attacks and how often they are occurring.

Some audiometry studies will be required, as will an electronystagmography for testing vestibular function. Other tests that you might need include x-ray imaging, computerized axial tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.

The right supportive evidence will make a difference in your case

Since vertigo itself is not a disease but a symptom of another problem, it is important that you go through the medical examinations necessary to identify it and the root cause. Even if no diagnosis is made, showing that the symptom is disrupting your life may help you get the benefits that you’re hoping for.

Any time you cannot work because of a health concern, SSDI may be an option. Talk to your medical providers about collecting evidence, and then look into your legal options for seeking Social Security Disability benefits for vertigo.

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