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Effective today, the SSA has revised the 2.00 listings regarding hearing loss. The changes are only to the listings for hearing loss and their accompanying introductory text.

Listing 2.08 "Hearing Impairments" has been removed, and new listings 2.10 and 2.11 have been added:

The revisions are discussed at length in the final rule published on the Federal Register on June 2, 2010 (link goes to pdf version). According to the final rule, the revisions are intended "to update the medical criteria, provide more information about how we evaluate hearing loss, and reflect our adjudicative experience."

The final rule also notes that proposed rules for disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function (listing 2.07) and loss of speech (listing 2.09) are forthcoming, and will be separately published.

{update: I should note that the corresponding childhood listings have also been amended}