Workers' Compensation for Hearing Aids

If you worked in a loud environment, you may be eligible for workers' compensation hearing aids. Discover how Freedom Hearing can help you access legal advice to claim for noise-induced hearing loss.

How It Works

According to Safe Work Australia, one million everyday Australians are exposed to dangerous noise levels at work daily.

This prolonged noise exposure can lead to noise-induced hearing loss, also referred to as “industrial deafness.”

Unfortunately, this type of hearing loss is both permanent and irreversible, meaning they need access to hearing aids.

You may be able to claim workers' compensation for hearing aids if you experience industrial deafness. Compensation claims can result in you being awarded compensation of up to $2,100 for every 1% of hearing loss, depending on the state you worked and when you last were exposed to loud noise and hearing aids for life.

Check Eligibility

To find out if you’re eligible to make a worker's compensation claim for industrial deafness, complete our claims form below.

Who Can Get Hearing Aids Through Workers Compensation?

Many who experiences hearing loss as a result of exposure to noise at work may make a claim for workers' compensation hearing aids.

Workers in the following industries are commonly affected by noise exposure:

  • Construction
  • Agriculture
  • Mining
  • Manufacturing
  • Heavy Transport
  • Emergency Services
  • Local Government
  • Warehousing

How Freedom Hearing Helps

Before we explain how Freedom Hearing helps with your claim, it’s important to note that those making a claim for workers' compensation hearing aids should seek specialised legal advice. We’re not legal service providers and you require the guidance of a trained lawyer to successfully make your claim.

So, how can we help if we don’t handle the legal side of things?

Freedom Hearing has worked with many legal service providers to conduct hearing assessments as part of workers’ compensation claims. We’re familiar with state regulatory requirements in South Australia, Victoria, and NSW, meaning we can provide fair and accurate assessments of your hearing loss and quotes for hearing aids in accordance with state regulations.

Our regulatory experience also means we can ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible. Better yet, if you’re eligible for workers' compensation hearing aids, we can also help with fitting your hearing aids and any ongoing repairs, adjustments, and the ongoing support you may need.

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Workers' Compensation FAQs

In Australia, there are several benefits that may be available to individuals with hearing loss. Some of these include:

  • Australian Government Hearing Services Program (AGHSP): This program provides free or low-cost hearing services, including hearing aids and related accessories, to eligible clients. To be eligible, the person must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and meet certain age and means test criteria.
  • Disability Support Pension (DSP): If you have a hearing loss that significantly impacts your ability to work, you may be eligible for the Disability Support Pension (DSP). This is a government-funded pension for people with a physical, intellectual, or psychiatric condition that affects their ability to work.
  • Carer Payment: If you are the primary carer of someone with a hearing loss, you may be eligible for Carer Payment. This is a government-funded payment for people who provide daily care and attention to someone with a disability.
  • National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS): If you have a hearing loss and are under the age of 65, you may be eligible for support through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). The NDIS provides funding for a range of supports and services, including hearing aids and related accessories, to help people with a disability live independent life.
  • Paid parental leave: If you are a new parent with hearing loss, you may be eligible for the government-funded paid parental leave scheme.

It is important to note that eligibility criteria, availability and the specific benefits you can claim will depend on your personal situation and the government policies in place at the time of your claim.

The amount of money that can be received from an industrial deafness claim in Australia can vary depending on several factors such as the degree of hearing loss, the individual’s age, and when they finished working.

In addition to Lump Sum compensation, an injured worker may also be entitled to medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and other expenses that are related to the injury.

It is important to note that the amount of compensation that can be received can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case and the laws in place at the time of the claim. It is recommended to seek legal advice from a specialised industrial deafness lawyer to know the specific amount you can claim.

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