Effective January 1, 2015: Changes to Occupational Noise Induced Hearing Loss Policy
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) means the gradual deterioration of hearing as a result of exposure to hazardous noise over a period of time. Noise induced hearing loss is a complicated issue for a variety of reasons such as the difficulty to determine the exact cause of hearing loss and hearing loss often being a gradual onset. In result of these concerns, WCB Nova Scotia has updated their policy related to occupational hearing loss which will become effective as of January 1st, 2015.
Some of the key changes to the policy are: "...that a Permanent Medical Impairment must be confirmed for entitlement to medical aid benefits in the form of hearing aids, and a hearing test within five years of leaving the noisy workplace will also be required. In addition, the policy changes remove the deduction for natural age-related hearing loss, along with other administrative improvements. The changes are not expected to bring significant change to claims costs, and will provide clarity and process improvement related to noise induced hearing loss claims." - www.wcb.ns.ca/wcbns/index_e.aspx?DetailID=2346
To view the Final Program Policy Decision and Supporting Rationale, please click HERE.
To view the 1.2.5AR1 Policy in whole, please click HERE.