We get a lot of questions, so to best help you find the answers you are looking for, we have collated a list of the most frequently asked questions we hear. Have a read of the Q&A below and if you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to send us a message.

Frequently Asked Questions

I left work many years ago, do I still have an entitlement?

Industrial hearing loss is described as a gradual onset injury, as work-related hearing loss injuries occur over an extended period of time, sometimes many years. Therefore, whilst this type of hearing loss can be present during employment, in many cases it isn’t identified by the worker until many years after exposure.

What are the main eligibility factors for having an industrial deafness entitlement?

Being an employee in an obvious noisy job such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Construction
  • Mining
  • Oil and Gas Extraction
  • Transportation, Warehousing & Utilities
  • Engineering
  • Carpentry
  • Forestry
  • Agriculture

Without the use of ear protection.

Why should I treat industrial deafness?

Industrial deafness hearing loss is irreversible. Not treating hearing loss with the use of hearing aids carries some serious risks these being:

  • Auditory Deprivation – prolonged inability to hear certain frequencies can result in permanent ability to hear them ever again.
  • Studies conducted by The John Hopkins Institute has found that severe untreated hearing loss is 5 time more likely to result in the early onset of Dementia.
  • Social isolation through an inability to hear commonly leads to anxiety and depression.

How do I find out if I am eligible?

Industrial Deafness America will ask some basic eligibility questions and will arrange for a free hearing test which will help determine whether your hearing loss is consistent with an industrial deafness injury.

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Who pays for the hearing aids?

Medical treatment is provided through the respective worker’s compensation scheme, where an industrial deafness injury was sustained. Treatment is provided following a successful industrial deafness claim.

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