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Hearing impairment claims

You may be able to claim for the cost of reasonably necessary hearing aids and certain hearing tests.

Hearing aids and 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 referral to an ENT (ear, nose and throat) specialist.

The ENT specialist must be selected from our list of approved assessors of permanent impairment for hearing.

Hearing loss

If the hearing loss occurred before 1 January 2002 or you are an exempt worker (police officer, paramedic, fire fighter, volunteer bush fire fighter, or emergency rescue 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.

All other workers may also be entitled to make a claim for permanent impairment lump sum compensation if  assessed as having a minimum of 20.5 per cent binaural hearing loss.

The guidelines for the evaluation of permanent impairment contain information on how assessment is carried out.

You can use our permanent impairment assessor finder to locate a permanent assessor near you.

If you are no longer working in a noisy industry, then you must lodge the claim with the employer at the last noisy workplace.

The guidelines for claiming workers compensation has more information.

Application process

To make a claim you must provide to the employer or insurer:

To make a claim for permanent impairment, you must provide to the employer or insurer with :