Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hearing Loss and Disturbances of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function, 53700-53702 [2013-21143]

Download as PDF 53700 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 169 / Friday, August 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules agency must take action as provided in paragraph (c)(3) of this section. (2) The 26 pay periods described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section are calculated beginning with the first pay period beginning after the date on which the religious compensatory time off was used. (3) If the employee fails to earn religious compensatory time off within 26 pay periods after taking religious compensatory time off, the agency may take corrective action to eliminate or reduce the negative balance by making a corresponding reduction in the employee’s annual leave balance. Any negative balance of religious compensatory time off remaining after charging annual leave must be resolved by charging the employee leave without pay, which would result in an indebtedness that is subject to the agency’s internal debt collection procedures. ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 § 550.1007 Accumulation and documentation. (a) Agencies must keep appropriate records of the name and/or description of the religious observance, and the dates, times, and amount of religious compensatory time off each employee earns and uses. An agency must credit religious compensatory time off for work performed on a time-for-time basis, under its time and attendance procedures. (b) Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this section, an employee may accumulate only the amount of religious compensatory time off needed to cover an approved absence for a religious observance that has already occurred or to cover an approved absence for a future religious observance. An employee may only accumulate the amount of religious compensatory time off needed to cover the specific dates and times for which the employee has submitted a request for religious compensatory time off under § 550.1004. (c) If the employee does not use his or her earned religious compensatory time off as planned— (1) The positive balance of unused compensatory time off may be redirected toward a future religious observance that has been approved, even if that future observance is more than 26 pay periods after the compensatory time off was originally earned (notwithstanding § 550.1006(b)); (2) The employee may not earn any additional religious compensatory time off until the retained amount of religious compensatory time off has been used or the need to earn additional religious compensatory time off has VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:23 Aug 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 been properly established and documented. § 550.1008 transfer. Employee separation or § 550.1302 (a) Upon an employee’s separation from Federal service or transfer to another Federal agency, the losing agency must compensate the employee for any positive balance of earned religious compensatory time off to his or her credit. The agency must pay the employee for hours of earned religious compensatory time off at the hourly rate of basic pay in effect at the time religious compensatory time off was earned. (b) For an employee who has a negative balance of religious compensatory time off upon an employee’s separation from Federal service or transfer to another Federal agency, the losing agency may take corrective action to eliminate or reduce the negative balance by making a corresponding reduction in the employee’s annual leave balance. Any negative balance of religious compensatory time off remaining after charging annual leave must be resolved by charging the employee leave without pay, which would result in an indebtedness that is subject to the agency’s internal debt collection procedures. (c) For purposes of applying paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section, an hourly rate of basic pay is computed by dividing the annual rate of basic pay by 2,087 hours (or 2,756 hours for firefighter hours subject to that divisor under subpart F of this part). § 550.1009 Relationship to premium pay and overtime work. The premium pay provisions for overtime work in subpart A of this part and section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938, as amended (FLSA), do not apply to overtime work performed by an employee that is used to earn religious compensatory time off under this subpart. The overtime hours worked to earn religious compensatory time off under this subpart do not create an entitlement to premium pay (including overtime pay) under subpart A of this part or FLSA overtime pay under 5 CFR part 551. Religious compensatory time off is not considered in applying the premium pay limitations described in §§ 550.105, 550.106, and 550.107 of this part. Subpart M—Firefighter Pay 4. The authority citation for subpart M of part 550 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 5545b, 5548, and 5553. PO 00000 Frm 00006 5. In § 550.1302, revise paragraph (2)(iii) of the definition of ‘‘firefighter’’ to read as follows: ■ Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Definitions. * * * * * Firefighter * * * (2) * * * (iii) Covered by the General Schedule and classified in the GS–0099, General Student Trainee Series (as required by § 362.203(f) of this chapter), if the position otherwise would be classified in the GS–0081 series. * * * * * [FR Doc. 2013–21221 Filed 8–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6325–39–P SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 20 CFR Part 404 [Docket No. SSA–2012–0075] RIN 0960–AH54 Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hearing Loss and Disturbances of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function Social Security Administration. Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM). AGENCY: ACTION: We are requesting your comments on whether and how we should revise the criteria in our Listing of Impairments (listings) for evaluating hearing loss and disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function in adults and children. We are requesting your comments as part of our ongoing effort to ensure that our listings reflect current medical knowledge. If we propose specific revisions, we will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register. DATES: To ensure that we consider your comments, we must receive them by no later than October 29, 2013. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any one of three methods—Internet, fax, or mail. Do not submit the same comments multiple times or by more than one method. Regardless of which method you choose, please state that your comments refer to Docket No. SSA–2012–0075 so that we may associate your comments with this ANPRM. Caution: You should be careful to include in your comments only information that you wish to make publicly available. We strongly urge you not to include in your comments any personal information, such as Social Security numbers or medical information. 1. Internet: We strongly recommend that you submit your comments via the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30AUP1.SGM 30AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 169 / Friday, August 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules Internet. Visit the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Use the Search function to find docket number SSA–2012–0075. The system will issue you a tracking number to confirm your submission. You will not be able to view your comment immediately because we must post each comment manually. It may take up to a week for your comment to be viewable. 2. Fax: Fax comments to (410) 966– 2830. 3. Mail: Address your comments to the Office of Regulations and Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration, 107 Altmeyer Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235–6401. Comments are available for public viewing on the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov or in person, during regular business hours, by arranging with the contact person identified below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl A. Williams, Office of Medical Listings Improvement, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235– 6401, (410) 965–1020. For information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national toll-free number, 1–800– 772–1213 or TTY 1–800–325–0778, or visit our Internet site, Social Security Online, at http:// www.socialsecurity.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: What is the purpose of this ANPRM? ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 We are publishing this ANPRM as part of our ongoing effort to ensure that our listing criteria reflect current medical knowledge. This ANPRM gives you an opportunity to send us your comments and suggestions on revisions to the introductory text sections 2.00B and 102.00B and the listings and other criteria in sections 2.00 and 102.00 for evaluating hearing loss and disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function. We last published final rules revising the criteria that we use to evaluate hearing disorders on June 2, 2010.1 We last published final rules with the criteria we use to evaluate disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function on December 6, 1985.2 On which rules are we inviting comments and suggestions? We are inviting comments and suggestions on our current rules which you can find in sections 2.00 and 102.00 in the listings in appendix 1 to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations, on the 1 75 2 50 FR 30693. FR 50068. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:23 Aug 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 Internet at http://www.ssa.gov/OP_ Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p01.htm. Who should send us comments and suggestions? We invite comments and suggestions from people who apply for or receive benefits from us, advocates and organizations that represent people who have hearing disorders or disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function, State agencies that make disability determinations for us, experts in the evaluation of hearing disorders, researchers, and other members of the general public. What should you comment about? We are interested in any comments and suggestions on how we might revise introductory text sections 2.00B and 102.00B, listing 2.07 for evaluating disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function, and listings 2.10, 2.11, 102.10, and 102.11 for evaluating hearing loss. For example: • Do the rules for evaluating hearing loss or disturbances of labyrinthinevestibular function contain technical language or jargon that is not clearly explained? If not clearly explained, what technical language or jargon needs further explanation? • Are the requirements for otological examinations and audiometric testing provided in sections 2.00B and 102.00B clearly stated? If not clearly stated, what requirements need further clarification? • What types of testing should we consider when evaluating hearing loss in adults or children who cannot cooperate in behavioral testing? • Would it be helpful to add a sample audiogram that contains all the requirements necessary for evaluation of hearing loss in adults or children? • What word recognition tests other than the Hearing in Noise Test (HINT) or the Hearing in Noise Test—Children (HINT–C) should we consider when we evaluate hearing loss treated with cochlear implantation? • Should we provide examples of medical reasons for a discrepancy between the speech reception threshold and the pure tone average? • Could we improve clarity by replacing the phrase ‘‘disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function’’ with the phrase ‘‘disturbances of inner ear function’’? • Rather than evaluating disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function in adults under the listings, would evaluating disturbances in labyrinthinevestibular function using residual PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 53701 functional capacity 3 improve the determination process? • Should we continue to evaluate disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function under the Special Senses and Speech body system? • What else could we do to make the rules for evaluating hearing or disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function easier to understand? • Would a different format make the rules easier to understand (for example, changing the grouping or ordering of sections; use of headings; paragraphing; use of diagrams; use of tables)? • Experts who study disability believe that many personal, environmental, educational, and social factors contribute in significant ways to the relationship between a person’s hearing ability and the ability to work. Rather than providing criteria for evaluating hearing loss in adults under the listings, should we evaluate all hearing loss using residual functional capacity? Will we respond to your comments from this notice? We will consider all comments and suggestions we receive. However, we will not respond directly to the comments you send in response to this ANPRM. What will we consider when we decide whether to propose revisions? When we decide whether to propose revisions to our rules for evaluating hearing loss or disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function, we will consider: • All comments and suggestions we receive in response to this notice; • Information about advances in medical knowledge, treatment, and methods of evaluating hearing loss or disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function; and • Our disability program experience. In addition, we will consider the following when we decide whether to propose revisions to our rules for evaluating labyrinthine-vestibular function: • The comments and suggestions that we received in response to an ANPRM that we published on April 13, 2005.4 • Information we received at a Policy Conference on Hearing Impairments and 3 Residual functional capacity describes what a person can still do despite his or her impairment(s). 20 CFR 404.1545 and 416.945. 4 Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hearing Impairments and Disturbance of LabyrinthineVestibular Function, 70 FR 19353. The comments we received in response to this ANPRM are available at: www.regulations.gov, by searching for docket ‘‘SSA–2006–0178’’. E:\FR\FM\30AUP1.SGM 30AUP1 53702 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 169 / Friday, August 30, 2013 / Proposed Rules Disturbance of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function, held November 7–8, 2005.5 If we decide to propose specific revisions, we will publish a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register and you will have a chance to comment on the revisions we propose. List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 404 Administrative practice and procedure, Blind, Disability benefits, Old-age, Survivors and disability insurance, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Social security. Dated: August 22, 2013. Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security. [FR Doc. 2013–21143 Filed 8–29–13; 8:45 am] 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the IRS Auditorium, Internal Revenue Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC. The subject of the public hearing is under section 833 of the Internal Revenue Code. The public comment period for these regulations expired on August 12, 2013. The notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing instructed those interested in testifying at the public hearing to submit a request to speak and an outline of the topics to be addressed. As of Monday, August 26, 2013, no one has requested to speak. Therefore, the public hearing scheduled for September 17, 2013, is cancelled. Martin V. Franks, Chief, Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration). BILLING CODE 4191–02–P DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY [FR Doc. 2013–21246 Filed 8–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4830–01–P Internal Revenue Service to CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG–144990–12), Courier’s Desk, Internal Revenue Service, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20044, or sent electronically via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov (indicate IRS and REG–144990–12). The public hearing will be held in the IRS Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. at the Internal Revenue Service Building, 1111 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20044. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Concerning submissions and/or to be placed on the building access list to attend the hearing, Oluwafunmilayo (Funmi) Taylor, at (202) 622–7180; concerning cost methodology, Eva Williams, at (202) 435–5514; concerning the proposed regulations, Girish Prasad, at (202) 622–3620 (not toll-free numbers). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 26 CFR Part 1 DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY [REG–126633–12] Background and Explanation of Provisions Internal Revenue Service The Independent Offices Appropriations Act (IOAA), which is codified at 31 U.S.C. 9701, authorizes agencies to prescribe regulations that establish charges for services provided by the agencies (user fees). The charges must be fair and must be based on the costs to the government, the value of the service to the recipient, the public policy or interest served, and other relevant facts. The IOAA provides that regulations implementing user fees are subject to policies prescribed by the President. Those policies are currently set forth in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–25, 58 FR 38142 (July 15, 1993) (the OMB Circular). The OMB Circular encourages agencies to charge user fees for government-provided services that confer benefits on identifiable recipients over and above those benefits received by the general public. Under the OMB Circular, an agency that seeks to impose a user fee for government-provided services must calculate its full cost of providing those services. In general, the amount of a user fee should recover the cost of providing the service, unless OMB grants an exception. RIN 1545–BL05 Computation of, and Rules Relating to, Medical Loss Ratio; Hearing Cancellation Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Cancellation of a notice of public hearing on proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: This document cancels a public hearing on proposed regulations that provide guidance to Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations, and certain other health care organizations, on computing and applying the medical loss ratio added to the Internal Revenue Code by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. DATES: The public hearing originally scheduled for September 17, 2013 at 10 a.m. is cancelled. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Oluwafunmilayo Taylor of the Publications and Regulations Branch, Legal Processing Division, Associate Chief Counsel (Procedure and Administration) at (202) 622–7180 (not a toll-free number). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notice of proposed rulemaking and a notice of public hearing that appeared in the Federal Register on May 13, 2013 (78 FR 27873) announced that a public hearing was scheduled for September ehiers on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS-1 SUMMARY: 5 The full transcript for the Policy Conference presentations on labyrinthine-vestibular function is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/ #!documentDetail;D=SSA–2006–0178–0003. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:23 Aug 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 26 CFR Part 300 [REG–144990–12] RIN 1545–BL37 User Fees for Processing Installment Agreements and Offers in Compromise Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Treasury. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking and notice of public hearing. AGENCY: This document contains proposed amendments to the regulations that provide user fees for installment agreements and offers in compromise. The proposed amendments affect taxpayers who wish to pay their liabilities through installment agreements and offers in compromise. This document also provides a notice of public hearing on these proposed amendments to the regulations. SUMMARY: Written or electronic comments must be received by September 30, 2013. Outlines of topics to be discussed at the public hearing scheduled for October 1, 2013, at 10 a.m. must be received by September 30, 2013. ADDRESSES: Send submissions to: Internal Revenue Service, CC:PA:LPD:PR (REG–144990–12), Room 5203, Post Office Box 7604, Ben Franklin Station, Washington, DC 20044. Submissions may be handdelivered Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Installment Agreements Section 6159 of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) authorizes the IRS to enter into an agreement with any taxpayer for the payment of tax in installments. 26 CFR 301.6159–1. 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SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION

20 CFR Part 404

[Docket No. SSA-2012-0075]
RIN 0960-AH54


Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hearing Loss and 
Disturbances of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function

AGENCY: Social Security Administration.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).

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SUMMARY: We are requesting your comments on whether and how we should 
revise the criteria in our Listing of Impairments (listings) for 
evaluating hearing loss and disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular 
function in adults and children. We are requesting your comments as 
part of our ongoing effort to ensure that our listings reflect current 
medical knowledge. If we propose specific revisions, we will publish a 
notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register.

DATES: To ensure that we consider your comments, we must receive them 
by no later than October 29, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any one of three methods--
Internet, fax, or mail. Do not submit the same comments multiple times 
or by more than one method. Regardless of which method you choose, 
please state that your comments refer to Docket No. SSA-2012-0075 so 
that we may associate your comments with this ANPRM.
    Caution: You should be careful to include in your comments only 
information that you wish to make publicly available. We strongly urge 
you not to include in your comments any personal information, such as 
Social Security numbers or medical information.
    1. Internet: We strongly recommend that you submit your comments 
via the

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Internet. Visit the Federal eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov. Use the Search function to find docket number SSA-
2012-0075. The system will issue you a tracking number to confirm your 
submission. You will not be able to view your comment immediately 
because we must post each comment manually. It may take up to a week 
for your comment to be viewable.
    2. Fax: Fax comments to (410) 966-2830.
    3. Mail: Address your comments to the Office of Regulations and 
Reports Clearance, Social Security Administration, 107 Altmeyer 
Building, 6401 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401.
    Comments are available for public viewing on the Federal 
eRulemaking portal at http://www.regulations.gov or in person, during 
regular business hours, by arranging with the contact person identified 
below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl A. Williams, Office of Medical 
Listings Improvement, Social Security Administration, 6401 Security 
Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21235-6401, (410) 965-1020. For 
information on eligibility or filing for benefits, call our national 
toll-free number, 1-800-772-1213 or TTY 1-800-325-0778, or visit our 
Internet site, Social Security Online, at http://www.socialsecurity.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

What is the purpose of this ANPRM?

    We are publishing this ANPRM as part of our ongoing effort to 
ensure that our listing criteria reflect current medical knowledge. 
This ANPRM gives you an opportunity to send us your comments and 
suggestions on revisions to the introductory text sections 2.00B and 
102.00B and the listings and other criteria in sections 2.00 and 102.00 
for evaluating hearing loss and disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular 
function. We last published final rules revising the criteria that we 
use to evaluate hearing disorders on June 2, 2010.\1\ We last published 
final rules with the criteria we use to evaluate disturbances in 
labyrinthine-vestibular function on December 6, 1985.\2\
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    \1\ 75 FR 30693.
    \2\ 50 FR 50068.
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On which rules are we inviting comments and suggestions?

    We are inviting comments and suggestions on our current rules which 
you can find in sections 2.00 and 102.00 in the listings in appendix 1 
to subpart P of part 404 of our regulations, on the Internet at http://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/cfr20/404/404-app-p01.htm.

Who should send us comments and suggestions?

    We invite comments and suggestions from people who apply for or 
receive benefits from us, advocates and organizations that represent 
people who have hearing disorders or disturbances of labyrinthine-
vestibular function, State agencies that make disability determinations 
for us, experts in the evaluation of hearing disorders, researchers, 
and other members of the general public.

What should you comment about?

    We are interested in any comments and suggestions on how we might 
revise introductory text sections 2.00B and 102.00B, listing 2.07 for 
evaluating disturbances of labyrinthine-vestibular function, and 
listings 2.10, 2.11, 102.10, and 102.11 for evaluating hearing loss. 
For example:
     Do the rules for evaluating hearing loss or disturbances 
of labyrinthine-vestibular function contain technical language or 
jargon that is not clearly explained? If not clearly explained, what 
technical language or jargon needs further explanation?
     Are the requirements for otological examinations and 
audiometric testing provided in sections 2.00B and 102.00B clearly 
stated? If not clearly stated, what requirements need further 
clarification?
     What types of testing should we consider when evaluating 
hearing loss in adults or children who cannot cooperate in behavioral 
testing?
     Would it be helpful to add a sample audiogram that 
contains all the requirements necessary for evaluation of hearing loss 
in adults or children?
     What word recognition tests other than the Hearing in 
Noise Test (HINT) or the Hearing in Noise Test--Children (HINT-C) 
should we consider when we evaluate hearing loss treated with cochlear 
implantation?
     Should we provide examples of medical reasons for a 
discrepancy between the speech reception threshold and the pure tone 
average?
     Could we improve clarity by replacing the phrase 
``disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function'' with the phrase 
``disturbances of inner ear function''?
     Rather than evaluating disturbances in labyrinthine-
vestibular function in adults under the listings, would evaluating 
disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function using residual 
functional capacity \3\ improve the determination process?
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    \3\ Residual functional capacity describes what a person can 
still do despite his or her impairment(s). 20 CFR 404.1545 and 
416.945.
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     Should we continue to evaluate disturbances of 
labyrinthine-vestibular function under the Special Senses and Speech 
body system?
     What else could we do to make the rules for evaluating 
hearing or disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular function easier to 
understand?
     Would a different format make the rules easier to 
understand (for example, changing the grouping or ordering of sections; 
use of headings; paragraphing; use of diagrams; use of tables)?
     Experts who study disability believe that many personal, 
environmental, educational, and social factors contribute in 
significant ways to the relationship between a person's hearing ability 
and the ability to work. Rather than providing criteria for evaluating 
hearing loss in adults under the listings, should we evaluate all 
hearing loss using residual functional capacity?

Will we respond to your comments from this notice?

    We will consider all comments and suggestions we receive. However, 
we will not respond directly to the comments you send in response to 
this ANPRM.

What will we consider when we decide whether to propose revisions?

    When we decide whether to propose revisions to our rules for 
evaluating hearing loss or disturbances in labyrinthine-vestibular 
function, we will consider:
     All comments and suggestions we receive in response to 
this notice;
     Information about advances in medical knowledge, 
treatment, and methods of evaluating hearing loss or disturbances in 
labyrinthine-vestibular function; and
     Our disability program experience.
    In addition, we will consider the following when we decide whether 
to propose revisions to our rules for evaluating labyrinthine-
vestibular function:
     The comments and suggestions that we received in response 
to an ANPRM that we published on April 13, 2005.\4\
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    \4\ Revised Medical Criteria for Evaluating Hearing Impairments 
and Disturbance of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function, 70 FR 19353. 
The comments we received in response to this ANPRM are available at: 
www.regulations.gov, by searching for docket ``SSA-2006-0178''.
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     Information we received at a Policy Conference on Hearing 
Impairments and

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Disturbance of Labyrinthine-Vestibular Function, held November 7-8, 
2005.\5\
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    \5\ The full transcript for the Policy Conference presentations 
on labyrinthine-vestibular function is available at: http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=SSA-2006-0178-0003.
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    If we decide to propose specific revisions, we will publish a 
notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register and you will have 
a chance to comment on the revisions we propose.

List of Subjects in 20 CFR Part 404

    Administrative practice and procedure, Blind, Disability benefits, 
Old-age, Survivors and disability insurance, Reporting and 
recordkeeping requirements, Social security.

    Dated: August 22, 2013.
Carolyn W. Colvin,
Acting Commissioner of Social Security.
[FR Doc. 2013-21143 Filed 8-29-13; 8:45 am]
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