The WCB accepts claims for work-related, noise-induced (noise-driven) hearing loss, but does not accept claims for age-related or non-work hearing loss or illness. Read more details about the guidelines the WCB uses when making decisions about hearing loss injuries and find out what can cause hearing loss.
The Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) uses standard occupational medical guidelines, including those of the American Medical Association, for its decisions about hearing loss injuries.
Hearing loss is multifactorial and can be caused by many things. Some causes are due to:
The WCB accepts claims for occupational noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) and hearing loss from acoustic trauma when the appropriate criteria have been met.
Audiograms measure your hearing at low and high frequencies and will identify hearing loss.
The WCB suggests that you get a hearing test when you first start working and at regular periods from then on if you are exposed to occupational noise. It is important to complete a hearing test when you are no longer occupationally noise exposed (i.e., retired or had a change in career).
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