Noise Induced Hearing Loss and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
Last Updated November 15, 2022
By Arash G
GM House of Hearing Clinics
Noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a growing problem in today’s noisy world. Our ears are constantly assaulted by noise throughout our daily lives. Excessive noise is a particular problem in many workplaces. Fortunately, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) provides some financial support for those affected by NIHL in the workplace.
Workplaces that may expose your hearing to prolonged levels of excessive noise include:
The first step you need to take if noise levels in your workplace bother you is to wear hearing protection. Don’t be afraid to wear hearing protection just because others around you aren’t looking after their hearing. You may be more sensitive to sound than your colleagues or it may be that some of the old bravado in certain industries blocks your colleagues from taking better care of their hearing.
Employers are required by law to provide a safe work environment and that includes monitoring noise levels and providing ear protection where necessary. House of Hearing provides custom-made ear plugs specially designed for people such as musicians who work in noisy jobs.
If you have hearing loss and you believe it is due to your work environment then the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) may be able to fund hearing aids and provide some financial compensation.
Many people resist getting their hearing tested or doing anything about hearing loss. This can be a big mistake with significant impacts on both your physical and mental health. In fact, hearing loss may also lead to an average drop of $30,000 in your income. Unfortunately, noise induced hearing loss is not treatable with medicines or surgery.
The good news is that hearing aids can almost completely reverse this income drop. House of Hearing supplies a wide range of hearing aids including those approved by the WSIB. We make sure your hearing aids are right for you and will also fit and optimise them for your specific requirements and lifestyle.
Outcome of applying
The decision whether you meet the criteria is made by the WSIB’s appointed audiologist. If you have any questions about the outcome we can provide support for you as you deal with the challenging process of coming to terms with hearing loss.
House of Hearing has a broad portfolio of options available to treat mild up to even profound hearing loss. Please talk with us today about how we can get you hearing better with top brands of hearing aids. We’ll walk you through the process and ensure you’re getting the best possible hearing aid for your needs.
We understand that not everyone is the same, so we offer a variety of services to choose from including:
What are you waiting for? Improve your hearing today!
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