The latest average processing time statistics have been distributed via the March NOSSCR newsletter. The average processing time for the Manchester, New Hampshire hearing office is 447 days, just shy of 15 months.
Processing time runs from the date of your hearing request to the day a decision is issued. The 447 days is an average. Some claims are resolved more quickly, but a claim that requires a hearing and a written decision may take longer.
The March NOSSCR newsletter also had statistics for the number of hearings per hearing office in fiscal year 2010. Through January 2010, the Manchester ODAR conducted 915 hearings, 404 of which were in person hearings, and 511 of which were video hearings.
The number of video hearings seems about right to me. The Manchester hearing office handles all the hearings for Vermont Social Security claimants, and often these these hearings are held by video conference from Burlington or St. Johnsbury, VT. Likewise, the hearings for residents of northern New Hampshire are usually held by videoconference from St. Johnsbury.