A-Absolutely! This is almost the only way you are only get a favorable decision from the SSA. An Administrative Law Judge reviews all the medical records that I submit and gives your case evidence a fresh look. Without a hearing, the SSA would have their local bureaucrats issue opinions and these folks are not well trained and you cannot expect a favorable decision in your case. There are many Social Security Administrative Law Judges throughout the US they are all attorneys and they have been practicing at least 5 years before their appointment as an Administrative Law Judge. Most of these judges are quite fair, some are older and set in their ways and perhaps should retire. The vast majority are excellent judges who will give me an opportunity to present my client's case and give my client an opportunity to respond to the judge's questions about the extent of their disability.