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SSA RIN: 0960-AH54 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hearing Loss and Disturbances of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function (3806P) 
Abstract:

Sections 2.00B and 102.00B, Hearing Loss and Disturbances of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function, of appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations describe hearing loss that we consider severe enough to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity, or that cause marked and severe functional limitations for a child claiming Supplemental Security Income payments under title XVI. We are proposing to revise these sections to ensure that the medical evaluation criteria are up-to-date and consistent with the latest advances in medical knowledge and treatment.

 
Agency: Social Security Administration(SSA)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: Not Yet Determined     (To search for a specific CFR, visit the Code of Federal Regulations.)
Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

These rules are required to facilitate disability claims adjudication.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

Sections 5.00 and 105.00, Digestive Systems, of appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations.

This proposed rule is not required by statute or court order.

Alternatives:

We considered continuing to use our current criteria. However, we believe these proposed revisions are necessary because of medical advances, technology, and treatment since we last revised these rules.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

Ensuring that the medical evaluation criteria are up-to-date and consistent with the latest advances in medical knowledge, technology, and treatment will provide for accurate disability evaluations.

Costs: While no cost is expected, documentation is not yet available.

Risks:

Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  08/30/2013  78 FR 53700   
ANPRM Comment Period End  10/29/2013 
NPRM  10/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
Public Comment URL: www.regulations.gov  
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Cheryl A. Williams
Director
Social Security Administration
Office of Medical Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-1020
Email: cheryl.a.williams@ssa.gov

Suzanne Luther
Social Insurance Specialist
Social Security Administration
Office of Medical Policy, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-8121
Email: suzanne.luther@ssa.gov

Brian J. Rudick
Social Insurance Specialist, Regulations Writer
Social Security Administration
Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, 6401 Security Boulevard,
Baltimore, MD 21235-6401
Phone:410 965-7102
Email: brian.rudick@ssa.gov