You may be able to claim for the cost of reasonably necessary hearing aids and certain hearing tests.
To be eligible, you must have a hearing loss injury arising from your employment. For example, said Manning senior audiologist Biswajit Sadangi, hearing loss as a result of a noisy work environment.
Biswaijit said to determine whether a hearing aid is a reasonably necessary treatment, an insurer may consider a Hearing Needs Assessment report, including an audiogram, recommending the use of hearing aids by a qualified audiologist and an ear nose and throat specialist, as well as a SIRA approved quote.
Manning Audiology works closely with compensation lawyers to provide you the best legal help at no cost.
Work can cause deafness.
Have you ever worked in a noisy environment? How is your hearing?
Industrial deafness is a serious injury that can greatly impact people’s lives.
Exposure to loud noise from all sources is the most common preventable cause of hearing loss and impairment (Dobie 2008; WHO 1997).
This can mean exposure to very loud noise for a short time or prolonged/repeated exposure to moderately loud noise.
Examples of work related noises can be concert stage sounds, horns, amplifiers, speakers and transport engines.
There’s also certain machinery, tools and other equipment that are used in the workplace and are more likely to cause industrial hearing loss.
These can be hammer mills, bench grinders, cold cutting circular saws, bread pad grinders, concrete vibrators, sand burners, pneumatic transfer systems, hydraulic power packs and pedestal grinders.
The cumulative and non-linear nature of the risk of hearing loss associated with noise exposure means that this risk can increase significantly with separate brief periods of exposure throughout a work day or shift.
Depending on the intensity of the noise and the duration of exposure, hearing loss can range from a small shift in the threshold at which sounds at different frequencies can be detected to total deafness.
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Hearing loss can be temporary, but is often permanent, causing acoustic trauma and debilitating tinnitus (persistent ringing, humming or whistling inside the ear).
If this is the case for you, you may be eligible for a claim.
According to Safework Australia (2010), 12 percent of the workforce had been exposed to excessive noise.
Do I Have a hearing loss?
Having problems following a conversation in a noisy environment?
Misunderstanding what people say, or think they are mumbling?
Being told that you turn the TV and radio up too loud?
If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, it could be time to take action.
Fortunately, you can book an appointment at no cost with Manning Audiology, to find out whether you could be eligible for a compensation.
If you think you may need some help with your industrial hearing loss, contact Manning Audiology for a no cost appointment with one of our qualified audiologists.
But remember, prevention is better than cure and if you work in a noisy environment, ensure that you use hearing protection aids.
Call Manning Audiology on 5532 6900, or online at maudiology.com.au.