Aphonia and Receiving Social Security Disability Benefits
There are some voice difficulties that are marked by making vocal sounds different from what they should normally be or by having problems pronouncing words properly. An example of this is dysarthria. There are other voice problems that are characterized by an impairment in your ability to produce vocal sounds with your vocal organs. An example of this is dysphonia. Aphonia literally means no voice. Aphonia is a condition in which you lose the ability to speak. It may involve a complete or partial loss of your voice. You may not be able to speak at all, or you may only be able to whisper. There are two main categories of aphonia. They are organic and functional. Organic aphonia results from some kind of infection, injury or disease like laryngeal or thyroid cancer. Functional aphonia is aphonia where there is no discernable physical cause for the condition. An example of this is hysterical aphonia. As just mentioned, aphonia may be caused by physical conditions like inflammation, disease, or injury. This includes:
Neurological disorders like Parkinsons disease or multiple sclerosis
Thyroid or laryngeal cancer
Polyps or nodules on your vocal cords
Paralysis of your vocal cord
Breathing problems that affect your ability to speak
Vocal abuse, such as exposure to air pollutants, yelling or talking excessively
Thickening of your vocal cords.
Aphonia may also be caused by psychological conditions. Examples of this are hysterical aphonia and selective mutism, which is a symptom of an anxiety disorder. There are several signs and symptoms that may be an indication of aphonia. Some of these include:
Spasm of your vocal cords
Problems with swallowing
Paralysis of your vocal cords that may be psychological or physical
Fluids or food going into your lungs
Inability to speak or to speak above a whisper
Aphasia (language disorder).
You or a loved one may have some form of aphonia. Aphonia and/or complications resulting from it or other disorders that you have along with this condition may have brought about you or your loved ones disability and not being able to work. As a result, you may need assistance. You may need financial help. You or your loved one may be thinking about applying for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by aphonia and/or complications resulting from it or other disorders that you have along with this condition. You or your loved one may have already done this and been turned down by the Social Security Administration. If you or your loved one is considering reapplying or appealing the denial, there is an important fact to remember that you may not know about. The fact is that people who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Disability Case Review are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.