*The contents in this blog relates to legislation in Western Australia.
Hearing loss can affect various frequencies however, high frequency hearing loss is one of the most commonly suffered.
Hearing loss does not just effect the elderly, it effects people of all ages. There are various causes for high frequency hearing loss, this includes age related hearing loss, noise induced hearing loss (industrial deafness), genetics, medications or medical conditions.
Age related hearing loss, also known as prebycusis, is the gradual loss of hearing in both ears. It generally effects both ears equally and occurs gradually with many people not noticing the change. Another form of gradual onset hearing loss is noise induced hearing loss or what is also known as industrial deafness. This is caused by high levels of noise exposure in the workplace as opposed to a sudden loss of hearing due to a workplace accident such as an explosion or head trauma.
High frequency hearing loss is usually irreversible. In Western Australia noise induced hearing loss is compensable if you meet the criteria to make a claim under the Workers’ Compensation and Injury Management Act 1981. Therefore, if you work in a noisy work environment and feel you have suffered hearing loss as a result of your work it is important to commence investigations into whether you are eligible to make a claim. Should you progress through the investigation process an Ear Nose and Throat specialist will complete an assessment of your hearing to determine the cause of your hearing loss and whether it is related to age, noise or other causes.
If working in a prescribed noisy workplace a worker can undergo regular hearing assessments. However, it is important to note that a worker only has 3 months from the date they leave or retire from their employment to request an exit hearing test if their employer has not already done so.
Hearing loss is unique to each individual and changes over time. If you have noticed a deterioration in your hearing or you work in a noisy workplace, contact Turner Freeman Lawyers for an obligation free discussion.