You may be able to claim for the cost of reasonably necessary hearing aids and certain hearing tests.
If you are concerned about your hearing, consult your general practitioner to determine your appropriate assessment and treatment needs. An assessment will ascertain if you have any hearing loss, if it is related to your employment and whether hearing aids are reasonably necessary.
SIRA would recommend a hearing assessment from an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist, to assess any work-related hearing loss and whether hearing aids are reasonably necessary.
Please note: If you wish to claim lump sum compensation for work related hearing loss, an assessment must be conducted by an ENT specialist who is a trained assessor of permanent impairment listed on the SIRA website.
To be eligible to claim for the cost of a hearing aid, you must have a hearing loss injury arising from your employment. For example, hearing loss as a result of a noisy work environment.
A claim for hearing aids is a claim for medical expenses. In determining whether a hearing aid is reasonably necessary treatment, an insurer may consider:
- a hearing needs assessment report including audiogram recommending the use of hearing aids
- a quote for the cost of the hearing aids completed by a SIRA approved hearing service provider and
- a completed workers injury claim form.
Claim for lump sum compensation
If you have been assessed as having hearing loss as a result of your employment you may be able to claim lump sum compensation.
This assessment must be conducted by a trained assessor of permanent impairment listed on the SIRA website. The guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment explain how the assessment is carried out.
If you are no longer working in a noisy industry, then you must lodge the claim with the employer who last employed you in a noisy workplace.
The guidelines for claiming workers compensation has more information.
To make a claim for permanent impairment, you must provide the employer or insurer with:
- the ENT specialist report with the assessed binaural hearing loss and a copy of the audiogram
- a completed permanent impairment claim form.