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What is Work Related Hearing Loss?

WisCOSH advocates for, and with, workers on a variety of Occupational Safety & Health issues. One workplace hazard that affects many different worksites and occupations is loud work environments. Noise is an OSHA recognized hazard and as such OSHA requires employers to eliminate it if possible, reduce the level of noise or worker's exposure to it and if necessary provide PPE [Personal Protective Equipment] to workers that must work in noisy environments.

Even so many workers experience hearing loss. It is natural to lose some hearing aquity as we age. However, that is completely different than hearing loss due to loud work environments. Most workers do not realize that if they suffer hearing loss due to working in a noisy environment they are eligible for Workers Compensation benefits. This includes a cash settlement for past and future hearing aids but also for having to live with the disability for the rest of your life. Even if you have insurance that covers the cost of the hearing aids you are still entitled to compensation for your injury. In many cases it may be substantial and the claim can often be settled in a year or less.

A Compensable Injury

There are some conditions that must be met in order to be eligible, but they relatively simple. Generally, if you worked in a factory, machine shop, paper mill or any similarily noisy environment your hearing was probably damaged somewhat by the constant exposure over a period of time. These are not the only occupations which constitute noisy environments. Policemen, firemen, construction workers and more frequently work in noisy environments. Working in loud environments is a problem in many occupations. Under WI Worker's Compensation laws noise in the work environment doesn't have to be the sole reason for you hearing loss.

You must also have left the noisy environment to qualify. Most people do this by retiring but there may be other reasons as well. You may have been laid off, returned to school or you may have changed occupations.

For more information about obtaining a free hearing loss screening please contact SoundAdvisors or call 1 (800) 400-5765 and ask for Mary Jo Helker to make a reservation and come to one of the upcoming hearing loss screening sessions. There is no fee to attend a hearing loss screening and reservations are simply to help gauge how many technitions will be needed so there will not be long wait times. Walk-ins are welcome but will have to wait for an opening in the schedule. There is no obligation to use Johnson Law Offices to receive this hearing loss screening, to obtain the results of the exam or to find out if your specific situation may qualify you for a Workers Compensation benefit.

If you would like to have a hearing loss screening in your area please contact WisCOSH to set one up.

Upcoming Hearing Loss Screenings :

Hearing Loss Screenings Flier
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
ATU Local 998 Retiree Meeting
734 N. 26th St.
Milwaukee, WI
11 am - 3 pm
Open to general public.
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Tuesday, July 20, 2010
WIT Meeting
3841 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI
6 pm - 7:30 pm

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Saturday, August 28, 2010
WisCOSH Office & Worker Training Center
1535 W. Mitchell St.
Milwaukee, WI
10 am - 2 pm
Open to general public.
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