Hearing impairment claims
You may be able to claim for the cost of reasonably necessary hearing aids and certain hearing tests.
To be eligible to claim for the cost of a hearing aid, you must have hearing loss arising from employment.
If you are concerned about your hearing, you should consult your general practitioner, to obtain a WorkCover Certificate of Capacity together with a referral to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. The ENT specialist must be selected from the list of approved assessors of permanent impairment for hearing.
You may also be entitled to make a claim for permanent impairment if you are assessed as having a minimum of 20.5 per cent binaural hearing loss.
You should make your claim for workers compensation as soon as possible.
If you are no longer working in a noisy industry, then you must lodge the claim with the employer at the last noisy workplace.
Hearing impairment for exempt workers
If the hearing loss occurred before 1 January 2002 or you are a police officer, paramedic, fire fighter, volunteer bush fire fighter, or emergency services volunteer then you may make a claim for permanent impairment lump sum compensation if you have six per cent or more binaural hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise in the workplace.
To make a claim you must provide to the employer or insurer:
- the ENT specialist report/audiogram
- a completed a workers injury claim form
- a completed permanent impairment claim form if you have 20.5 per cent or more binaural hearing loss (both ears combined). Together with a referral to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist. The ENT specialist must be selected from the list of trained if you have six per cent or more binaural hearing loss (both ears combined).