I spend a fair amount of time talking with clients and prospective clients about their claims. And one theme that is often present is that the person is discouraged that the Social Security disability claim process takes so long. I tell them that yes, it takes a long time, but don't get discouraged.
If you have a Social Security disability or SSI claim, I want to say the same thing to you: don't get discouraged.
There is hope, because the hearing level is your best chance to have your disability claim granted. You just have to hang in there, and be sure to appeal every denial of your claim.
And the fact that your claim has been denied so far, don't be discouraged by that either. Administrative law judges know that DDS decisions are often wrong, often for no logical reason.
Please be sure to get a lawyer's help way in advance of the hearing. The sooner the better. And things will turn around. It will be okay. Don't get discouraged.