Does APD Qualify for Social Security Disability?


Auditory Processing Disorder does qualify for SS Disability. As I mentioned on ALL EARS Welcome page, I am not an expert on learning disorders, except that I live with it and all the obstacles that come with it. My recommendation is if you cannot function at work due to Auditory Processing Disorder, get an attorney to file the claim with SSD. Don’t waste time to do yourself. It doesn’t have to be an obstacle.

You can get representation from either an attorney or disability advocate who will help you apply for benefits. Since up to 70% of initial applications are denied, there is an excellent chance that you will end up with a need for representation for your claim eventually. An experienced professional will know how to avoid mistakes in the application that can delay or cause your request to be denied. Upon receiving your free case evaluation, you can ask the disability advocate or attorney how you can benefit from help with your claim.

When you apply for SS Disability benefits, they must decide whether you are disabled under the law. Their decision is based on the information you and your healthcare providers produce. So, focus on your symptoms, how does it limit you from working?

Again, look at the whole person, physically and mentally. Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) is one of the newer and more uncommon learning disorders that the attorney may need to explain to SSD for an understanding of your disability.

Your medical condition must be severe enough to limit your ability to do necessary work activities.  Examples of physical disability would be having difficulty with standing, walking, or sitting.  Your disability must be expected to last for at least one full year.  Mental work-related functions are below.

The evaluation of Auditory Processing Disorder disability is based on one in nine categories (12.02) “Organic Mental Disorders,” and NO you are not crazy your brain is just wired differently or dysfunction of the brain.

Anxiety-related disorders (12.06) accompanied my list of conditions, along with ADD and depression (recurrent) among physical co-morbid conditions (lower back pain after surgery) that influence being able to stand for an extended period. Mental disorders require documentation, so focus on your symptoms. If you know you have a learning disorder, then you have seen a healthcare provider for the diagnosis.

What the attorney and SSD need to support a disability claim.

Your attorney will have you sign a form to acquire all the medical records:

Information from your physician that will help to determine the existence, severity, and duration of the person’s impairment(s). This is a thorough medical history, and all pertinent clinical and laboratory findings (both positive and negative). Provide the results of any mental status examination, like psychometric testing, or neuropsychological assessments for APD.

Records and detailed historical notes discussing the course of the disorder, including treatment and response, is very useful to SSD, their interest is in the impact of the illness over a period. Additionally, any information you can provide contrasting your medical condition and functional capabilities since the onset of APD, ADD, Anxiety, or Depression with that of your prior status.

Provide your physicians’ opinions about your mental functions and the reasons for his views, such as clinical findings and observation of the person. These opinions should reflect your abilities to perform work-related activities on a sustained basis (8 hours /day and five days/ week). Your descriptions of any functional limitations throughout the time your physician treated you. An example includes:

Brain Injuries. Mental Health. Medical Conditions. Learning Disabilities. Vision. Hearing.

*Mental work-related functions. The ability to process what is heard, understand, remember, carry out simple instructions, the ability to use appropriate judgment, the ability to respond appropriately to supervision, coworker, usual work situation, including changes in a routine work setting.

If you work with APD and ADD, you recognize these work-related functions! I had “coaching reports” from my sales managers documenting many of these, mostly I “do not listen” to customers or give “appropriate responses” were documented on our “work with” reports.

Effects of medication– there is no medication for APD, however there many different ones for depression, anxiety, and ADD, all with varying side effects which too could influence functions at work.

Work attempts – Information concerning circumstances surrounding termination of your work is useful in determining your ability or inability to function in a work setting. You can apply for SSD the day you are no longer able to work, with or without medical leave.

Mostly, the different healthcare providers submit notes from the talk therapy, assessments and a copy of a Letter of Accommodation written based on my position as a medical sales representative to the Big Pharma a year before I was nudged out.

PERSONAL EXPERIENCE: Information provided by my healthcare providers to SSD included:

The medical condition: Organic Mental Health and Learning Disorders; ADD and APD with a description of APD, mainly because it was uncommon. An illness or disease does not need to be listed in Social Security’s blue book to qualify for disability benefits.

Limitations of your ability to function effectively, concentrate on a sustained basis and pace, weakness and difficulty with a thought process when trying to take notes at an adequate pace, consistency to keep up with the conversation.

I have a problem with short term memory, with rapid speed, with sequencing things, with getting necessary information wrong, a need to write everything down to review, as a  reminder and then, of course, to process it.

ADD is distractibility and inattention disability, I seem to not “listen” when spoken to, makes careless mistakes, losing and forgetting important things at work. Also, difficulty taking notes at the pace required, following long conversations and instructions.

Treatments Received. Assessment tests for APD and ADD, regular evaluations for depression …effectiveness at work particularly with pace, with concentration…for integrating APD into the workforce…with the inability to function and to struggle to process …especially at times of increased stress and depression.

Get the idea? Provide documents and don’t be afraid to ask an attorney for help.


If you cannot work due to physical and mental disorders, get an attorney, and apply for SSD. I can say if you are diligent you will get it and can have more. I have found and needed to supplement disability, retirement, and unemployment by working from home, online, and register with a program to teach me online marketing perhaps can be an option for you and to fill in the gap in your resume, like taking a class online that teaches you how to monetize. If you are uneasy about a job loss and the future of the job market, being unemployed, need to supplement your retirement or Social Security, and want a legit program (tried and true) with a supportive community to get you started,  investigate Wealthy Affiliate. I give it a 5 out of 5 and regret it took me so many years to find.

I hope to meet you back here soon, to continue the insights and personal experiences of living with a learning disorder.

Laura Lee


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