Noise-induced hearing loss at work is a significant safety issue. These projects assess current policy and practice to improve the way that existing cases are managed.

Noise induced hearing loss and audiometry Research Report

Audiometric assessment of the auditory system is not pathology specific. Its main goals are to locate the site of a disruption in the system and to determine the severity of that disruption. This report focuses on the diagnostic qualities of more objective audiometry tests. Although these objective electrophysiological tests are not yet standard procedure in determining noise induced hearing loss in most countries, they can be very helpful in determining the severity of the hearing loss or in confirming exaggeration of hearing loss.

Authors: Schaafsma, F; Benke, G; Radi, S; Sim, M

Keywords: workplace risk; workplace injury; hearing loss; claims management

Date published: December 2010

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Noise induced hearing loss and tinnitus Research Report

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of external acoustic stimulation. The perceived sounds can vary greatly including crackling, whistling, buzzing or humming, and may be continuous or intermittent. This report addresses the following questions:

Hearing aids provision claims for noise induced hearing loss between 1998-99 and 2008-09 Research Report

This report identifies occupational and demographic characteristics associated with provision of hearing aids related to noise induced hearing loss in the working population between 1 July 1998 and 30 June 2009 in Victoria. The results of this analysis provides a better understanding of the ‘at risk’ groups profile and may help guide strategies to improve screening and management of workers with hearing impairment.

Authors: Radi, S; Benke, G; Schaafsma, F; Sim, M

Keywords: workplace risk; workplace injury; hearing loss

Date published: November 2010

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Noise induced hearing loss: Possible long-term research projects Research Report

A national and international literature review identified gaps in epidemiological research. This report lists possible research projects that could be developed in the Victorian jurisdiction in order to assist in implementing targeted prevention measures and decreasing the number of future noise induced hearing loss claims.

Authors: Radi, S; Benke, G; Schaafsma, F; Sim, M

Keywords: hearing loss

Date published: November 2010

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Costs and determinants of compensation claims for noise induced hearing loss 1998–2009 Research Report

The aim of this analysis was to describe the costs for each type of claim for noise induced hearing loss according to demographic and occupational characteristics, to analyse the costs depending on the number of claims, and to identify the factors that were related to lodgement of a type of claim. The study found that over the 10-year period, benefit costs had doubled while the cost of hearing aids remained stable.

Authors: Radi, S; Benke, G; Schaafsma, F; Sim, M

Keywords: workplace risk; workplace injury; hearing loss; claims management

Date published: November 2010

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Impairment benefits compensation claims for noise induced hearing loss between 1998-99 and 2008-09 Research Report

This paper describes an analysis of the demographic and occupational characteristics of workers covered by WorkSafe Victoria who lodged a noise induced hearing loss impairment benefits claim during the period 1998-99 to 2008-09.

Authors: Radi, S; Benke, G; Schaafsma, F; Sim, M

Keywords: workplace risk; workplace injury; hearing loss; claims management

Date published: November 2010

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Noise induced hearing loss assessment for workers’ compensation Research Report

This report reviews the major guidelines and tables related to noise induced hearing loss and claims, including: National Acoustic Laboratories tables, Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery guidelines, American Medical Association guides, relevant international standards and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine guidelines.

Authors: Schaafsma, F; Benke, G; Radi, S; Sim, M

Keywords: workplace risk; workplace injury; hearing loss; claims management

Date published: August 2010

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