If your hearing loss results from your work environment you may be able to claim for the cost of hearing aids and certain hearing tests.
Steps to follow:
- If you’re concerned about your hearing, you should consult your general practitioner, to obtain a certificate of capacity if you’re unable to work as a result of hearing loss.
- You will need to provide the insurer with a report from your Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist indicating that your hearing loss is work related and you require hearing aids as a result of your work related hearing loss. The ENT should indicate whether the need for hearing aids is reasonably necessary as a result of your work related hearing loss.
- If you’re assessed by an authorised ENT specialist as having a minimum of 20.5 per cent binaural hearing loss as a result of industrial deafness, you may also be entitled to make a claim for permanent impairment compensation.
- You should make your claim for workers compensation as soon as possible.
- If you’re no longer working in a noisy workplace, you must lodge the claim with your employer at the last noisy workplace.
Permanent impairment compensation for hearing loss incurred prior to 1 January 2002 and for exempt workers
If the hearing loss occurred before 1 January 2002, or if you’re a
- police officer
- volunteer bush fire fighter
- emergency services volunteer
then you may make a claim for permanent impairment lump sum compensation. You must be assessed as having six per cent or more binaural hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise in the workplace.
To make a claim for permanent impairment compensation you must provide to the employer or insurer:
- a completed a workers injury claim form
- a completed permanent impairment claim form.
- A report from an ENT specialist listed on the SIRA website as an authorised assessor of permanent impairment.
- a copy of the audiogram completed by your ENT specialist.
Forms are available to download from the hearing impairment claims page on the SIRA website.
Replacement of Hearing aids
Hearing aids can be replaced when the hearing aid:
- has been lost or damaged and is not covered by warranty or other insurance, or
- the worker can no longer communicate effectively using the current hearing aid.
Download the Declaration form from the SIRA Website.