The Social Security Administration has published final rules for deaf and hard of hearing in the Federal Register. These final rules will be used to evaluate both adults and children who apply for, or receive, Social Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income payments based on disability.

These rules become effective August 2, 2010 and will remain in effect for 5 years, unless they are revised or the effective date is extended. You can find these rules at: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2010/pdf/2010-13094.pdf