Here is a link to the average wait time for a Social Security Hearing. Keep in mind these times are calculated from the day you ask for a hearing- not the day you first apply for benefits. Requesting a hearing happens after you apply the first time, wait, then if denied you request reconsideration, wait, THEN if denied you request a hearing. Columbia, SC has a wait time of 16 months currently. Charleston, SC is 14 months. Greenville is 16 months.