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Canal Dehiscence Syndrome and Getting Benefits

What is Superior canal dehiscence syndrome (SCDS)? It was first described by Dr Lloyd Minor of John Hopkins University. According to Minor, this condition is caused by the either the absence of part of the temporal bone or a thinning of the bone which generally overlies the superior semicircular canal of the vestibular system. The cause of the condition can either be gradual through the erosion of the bone or due to trauma of the skull.

Symptoms of Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS)

The most common symptoms of Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) include:

  1. A sensation that one of both of the ears feels blocked.
  2. Echos in the ear. Also referred to as a reverberation in which movements made by the claimant such as chewing or talking make the sounds louder than normal. Patients also claim they can “hear their heartbeat” within their ears.
  3. Hearing loss
  4. Dizziness which is often caused by lifting or straining to lift objects or by hearing loud noises

Can I get Social Security Disability Insurance for Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS)?

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is provided by the Federal Government for workers who are disabled due to a severe health condition which is so serious they are unable to work for at least 12 continuous months.

SSDI is only given to claimants who are considered insured which means they have worked and paid employment taxes and earned sufficient work credits to qualify for SSDI benefits. The SSA does not give SSDI to claimants who are not insured or who have a short-term or partial disability.

Whether or not you can get SSDI for Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) will depend on whether you can prove your condition is so severe you cannot work.


Proving you are disabled with Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS)?

The SSA has two methods to determine if you are disabled: you can either meet a listing in the SSA Listing or Impairments or you can prove, through a medical vocational allowance, you do not have the residual functional ability to work.

Although there is not a listing for Canal Dehiscence Syndrome (SCDS) it may be possible to prove your condition meets or exceeds a listing by comparing it to other listings in the SSA Listing of Impairments.

For instance, if you are dizzy you may meet the listing 2.00 Special Senses and Speech, 2.07 Disturbance of labyrinthine-vestibular function (Including Ménière's disease). Under this listing you must prove you have a history of frequent attacks of balance disturbance, tinnitus, and progressive loss of hearing. Additionally, you must prove you have a disturbed function of vestibular labyrinth demonstrated by caloric or other vestibular tests; and hearing loss established by audiometry.


If you do not meet this listing or any other listing you can attempt to prove that you do not have the ability to work. Most claimants who do not meet a listing are denied the first time they apply for SSDI. If you are denied you may want to talk to a disability lawyer about winning SSDI through a medical vocational allowance.

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