The damage caused by exposure to noisy work environments has only recently begun to be fully appreciated by a lot of companies. Prior to this, people working in notoriously noisy workplaces (such as mining, the building industry, and even factories) were rarely provided with ear protection. This has resulted in hundreds of thousands of Australians developing industrial hearing loss, which typically cannot be reversed.

Did you know that the Victorian state government operates a scheme that gives people access to industrial hearing loss compensation? Administered by WorkSafe Victoria the scheme covers hearing aids and other medical expenses. 

If you believe that you’ve suffered industrial hearing loss, Melbourne Audiology Centre is here to help. We provide compassionate treatment for hearing loss by our experienced audiological staff, with a comprehensive hearing assessment and hearing rehabilitation plan, including the latest hearing aid technology, and we can support you through your compensation journey.

What Is Industrial Hearing Loss?


Industrial hearing loss, also known as noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a type of hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noise at your workplace; this is a typically irreversible condition that can have a significant impact on a person’s life. 

Most work-related hearing loss occurs over an extended period of time, sometimes years, of being exposed to industrial noise.Hearing loss may present while the person is working or it may not be identified until many years later.

Sudden extremely loud noises (such as heavy hammering or gunshots) can also result in hearing loss. If loud enough, these impact noises can cause immediate, permanent hearing damage.

What Are The Symptoms of Industrial Deafness/NIHL?


If you have sustained work-related hearing damage, some of the symptoms that you may notice include:

  • Constant noise in the ears (such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, roaring, and ticking) – this is called tinnitus
  • Needing to turn up the television or radio to loud volumes in order to hear it properly
  • Missing  or mishearing parts of a conversation
  • Struggling to hear when background noise is present (such as in a busy restaurant)

 

What Should I Do If I Notice Hearing Loss? 

It’s important that you don’t ignore any potential hearing loss, as getting onto it quickly can maintain your quality of life.

If you suspect that your hearing loss is a result of work-related noise, the first thing you should do is speak with your employer and inform them of your symptoms. Ask them to provide appropriate hearing protection.

Next, visit your GP or book an appointment directly with an audiologist for a hearing test (in many cases, your GP will refer you to one anyway). They can advise you on the treatment requirements moving forward.

If it’s determined that your hearing damage is a result of exposure to work-related noise, you should lodge a WorkSafe claim for compensation.

What Sort of Hearing Damage Compensation Am I Entitled To?


When it comes to work-related hearing loss, there are two kinds of compensation available – hearing aids and services to treat your hearing loss, and financial compensation for damages (which can be paid in either weekly installments or as a lump sum).

 

Hearing Rehabilitation, Hearing Aids and Services

The hearing services that you may be entitled to include a hearing needs assessment (which determines your level of independence and hearing needs), a hearing device fitting package (which covers the provision of a hearing device and accessories, batteries, and any consultations needed to help you adjust to using the device), and hearing consultation, review and/or maintenance (which covers maintenance and adjustment of any hearing devices or accessories that you use).

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How can Melbourne Audiology Centre help?


If you believe that you have sustained industrial hearing loss that may be claimable for workers’ compensation under WorkCover, we encourage you to reach out to the experienced team at Melbourne Audiology Centre. We can provide you with a free hearing screening, advising on your degree of hearing loss and whether you may be eligible for compensation.

We are a contracted hearing services provider for WorkSafe Victoria, giving our patients peace of mind that there won’t be any out-of-pocket costs when accessing hearing services and hearing aids through us.

If you already have a claim number and are looking for a reputable hearing provider or if you need some assistance putting your claim together, please reach out to our  experienced team today.

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