Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Social Security disability hearings are currently being conducted by telephone. Claimants are being asked to consent, either orally or in writing, to a telephone hearing. If you do not consent to a telephone hearing, your hearing will probably be postponed until another option, such as an in-person hearing or a video teleconference (VTC) hearing, becomes available. Whether you should agree to a telephone hearing depends on the specific facts of your case. Sometimes it is better to delay your case so you can try to obtain better evidence. In any event, you should never consent to a telephone hearing without first discussing the matter with an experienced Social Security disability attorney.