Hi TEW...many ADers had great advice. I think you should be able to qualify especially that u lost your job cuz of your deafness. Good luck!
I was on SSDI for 2 years while I went to Gally U. cuz my ex hubby and I separated and I was left without any income since I relied on his so I applied for SSDI in order to continue my education. Whatever helps to get you back on your feet, go for it!