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Workers Compensation Benefits for Hearing Loss

In order to be eligible for occupational hearing loss benefits in Wisconsin a worker or retiree must show that he or she worked in a noisy environment and, as a result, the worker has sustained a loss of hearing.

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Attorney Jaron Mosier

From the construction site to factories and first responders to truck drivers, damaging noise levels are pervasive. Under Wisconsin law, a worker must have a minimum of 90 days of noisy employment to  be eligible to bring a claim.

Benefits for lost hearing include monetary compensation (usually about $5,000 to $15,000) and hearing aids. Claims for hearing loss benefits are simple and you pay no attorney’s fees unless your claim is successful.

Hearing Protection and Worker’s Compensation Benefits

On of the most common objections we hear when a worker or retiree considers bringing a claim for occupational hearing loss benefits is that hearing protection provided by the employer was sufficient to protect employees from dangerous levels of noise. Usually hearing protection takes the form of the small foam earplug, but over the years, we’ve had clients tell us that they were provided everything from cotton gauze to cotton balls as “hearing protection”!

According or OSHA, noise levels as low as 85 decibels are sufficient to cause hearing loss. In many work places – especially industrial environments with large machinery – the noise levels far exceeds 85 decibels.Nowlan-Logo

We often find that many workers did not wear any hearing protection at all for many years. And then, when they begin wearing protection, many workers were unable to constantly wear protection because of the need to communicate with coworkers and supervisors.

Even if a worker wears hearing protection, it is frequently the case that the noise levels still exceed safe thresholds. We recommend wearing hearing protection during noisy tasks on the job and off. But remember that you or a loved one may be eligible for hearing loss benefits if you worked in a noisy environment. We encourage you to consult with The Hearing Professionals about whether you may be a candidate!

This guest blog was written by Jaron Mosier, an attorney with Nowlan & Moaut, LLP in Janesville, WI. Mr. Mosier represents clients throughout Wisconsin in recovering benefits for hearing loss. Mr. Mosier can be reached by calling (800) 754-8110 or by visiting his website at http://www.HearingLossWI.com.

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About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at adam@icanhearthat.com and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at www.icanhearthat.com.

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