Chart of Waiting Times for a Hearing By Location

The Social Security Administration reports a slower average hearing processing time at the end of 2012. Disability allowances also declined compared to previous years, according to Allsup, a nationwide provider of Social Security Disability Insurance information. Both developments underscore the importance of seeking representation early in the Social Security disability application process.

In the first quarter of FY 2013, the SSA saw an increase in hearing-level processing times from an average 353 days in FY 2012 to 361 days. The federal agency also saw an increase in claims pending at the hearing level, up to 831,304 pending hearings in the first quarter, compared to 823,191 pending hearings at fiscal year-end 2012. SSA regularly reports hearings and appeals data on This links to a chart fro Social Security that lists the wait time for a hearing, by hearing office around the country. These times count months AFTER a hearing request is filed, which is many months into the process after denial.