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Workers’ compensation and occupational hearing loss

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

If you have suffered occupational hearing loss due to performing work in Kentucky, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. On-the-job hearing loss is a type of disability that can be temporary or permanent.

What is occupational hearing loss?

Occupational hearing loss can occur as a result of job performance rather than due to an illness, an injury or genetics. It involves damage to the inner ear from a continuous exposure to loud noise or vibrations while on the job. The most common types of occupational hearing loss include the following:

  • Long-term exposure to noise that is at excessively dangerous decibel levels
  • Exposure to excessive amount of caffeine
  • Exposure to extreme noises or vibrations

How can you claim workers’ compensation for occupational hearing loss?

Workers can suffer from traumatic or permanent hearing loss. Traumatic hearing loss develops after exposure to extremely loud noise such as an explosion or gunshot. Workers who are exposed to excessively loud noises for long periods of time while on the job should have adequate protection provided by their employer. If the employer doesn’t provide earplugs to protect workers’ hearing, workers can suffer from occupational hearing loss. Workers are entitled to file for compensation benefits as a result.

Being exposed to excessively loud noises over a long period of time can also lead to anxiety and stress. These problems coupled with hearing loss can negatively impact a person’s daily life. Workers who suffer occupational hearing loss should consult with a hearing care specialist to determine their level of hearing loss by giving a hearing test. It can give the worker a better idea of the workers’ compensation claim they can file.

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