Question: Can I get Social Security disability for vertigo?
First, let’s talk about what vertigo is. It’s often referred to as dizziness but it’s not exactly the same thing. Vertigo is the sensation that you’re spinning around or that the world is spinning around you. It’s the sensation that you may have had as a child after being on a merry-go-round. It’s usually accompanied by nausea and may be accompanied by vomiting. It’s a Nystagmus, A Symptom of Meniere\’s Diseaseunpleasant sensation. Dizziness, at least to doctors, refers more to lightheadness, a sensation that one may fall down. That’s unpleasant too but it’s a different thing. Severe vertigo may be referred to as Meniere’s disease.
Vertigo or Meniere’s disease can be caused by a problem in the brain but it is usually related to inner ear problems. Remember, the inner ear is what is responsible for our balance. We take balance for granted until our ability to balance is disturbed and we realize just how important it is. An inner ear infection can cause vertigo but an inner ear infection goes away. The sort of chronic vertigo, usually called Meniere’s disease, that can cause disability, doesn’t go away for long. It is episodic, that is, something that comes and goes. When an attack happens, the person feels miserable. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be done about severe chronic vertigo.
Meniere’s disease, that is chronic vertigo, is usually associated with at least mild hearing loss and may be associated with a history of loud noise exposure. The test for this problem is an electronystagmogram or ENG. Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialists do ENG testing. Not every ENT does ENG testing. It’s possible that you will have to go to a medical school to get the testing.
At the Charles T. Hall Law Firm, we represent Social Security claimants who suffer from vertigo. We represent clients from Asheboro to Wilson, from Eden to Edenton, from Roxboro to Conetoe.