The latest average processing time statistics for Social Security hearing offices around the country were distributed by NOSSCR in the May 2010 Social Security Forum, a newsletter for its members.
The average processing time for the Portland, Maine hearing office is now 340 days, just over 11 months.
Processing time runs from the date of the hearing request to the day a decision is issued. The 340 days is an average. Some claims are resolved more quickly, but a claim that requires a hearing and a written decision may take longer.