Hearing Loss Compensation QLD

Working as a paid employee in a noisy environment may entitle you to compensation through an industrial deafness claim. Our team of compassionate professionals is here to guide you through the process of securing the WorkCover compensation you rightfully deserve. We’re not just lawyers – we’re compassionate listeners, ready to take the first step with you towards an empowered future.


Have you or a loved one suffered hearing loss due to a noisy workplace? We understand that dealing with work-related hearing loss can be challenging, stressful, and daunting. This is our WorkCover laywers are here to help.

What is Hearing Loss Compensation in Queensland?

Hearing loss compensation in Queensland is an important aspect of supporting individuals who have suffered from workplace-induced hearing impairment. The term used in Queensland is industrial deafness. In addition, according to WorkSafe’s Queensland workers’ compensation scheme statistics 2021–22, 1,328 industrial deafness claims were made in Queensland between 2020 and 2021, and another 1,197 claims were made from 2021 to 2022. 

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What is an Industrial Deafness Compensation Claim?

If you’ve suffered hearing loss due to working in a noisy workplace as a paid employee, you may be eligible for compensation through an industrial deafness claim. The NOHSC National Code of Practice (2004) describes industrial deafness as “occupational noise-induced hearing loss” which is a “hearing impairment arising from exposure to excessive noise at work.”

Am I Eligible for Hearing Loss Compensation in Queensland?

To be eligible and secure your compensation for a hearing loss claim, you’ll need to fulfil at least the following criteria:

  1. A medical certificate (or work capacity certificate) issued under the Workers’ Compensation and Rehabilitation Act of 2003 that confirms your diagnosis of industrial deafness.
  2. Your claim is filed within the correct time frame:
    • While actively employed under the Act’s definition of “worker”
    • While temporarily out of work, but still generally considered an employee
    • Within one year of formally retiring from the workforce.
  3. You have worked in a noisy environment for at least five years (in total), where the noise levels clearly added to your hearing loss. 

Understanding eligibility for hearing loss compensation can be confusing. Our team at WT Compensation Lawyers is here to give you clarity and support. If you’ve experienced hearing loss in a noisy workplace, our skilled workers’ compensation lawyers can offer advice to determine your eligibility.

What Kind of Hearing Loss Compensation Can I Expect?

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If your claim is successful, you may receive various forms of compensation, including:

  • Lump sum payments: Compensation for ongoing hearing loss and its impact on your life.
  • Medical expenses: Cover for ongoing hearing loss injury treatment or devices, e.g., hearing aids.
  • Loss of earnings: Compensation for hearing loss affecting your ability to work.

Even if at fault, you may have a right to compensation. Start your claims check:


How Much Compensation Can You Get for Hearing Loss?

WorkSafe’s Queensland workers’ compensation scheme statistics 2021–22 report indicates that the average payout for industrial deafness was $31,654 in 2020 and $35,397 in 2021.

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However, remember that the amount of compensation you receive for hearing loss depends on the degree of permanent impairment (DPI), as per Queensland’s workers’ compensation laws. 

We’ve listed the average lump sum payout amounts below as a guide, but note that every case and payout is unique. 

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Degree of Permanent Impairment (DPI)Payout Range (Minimum to Maximum)Average Payout
5 – 10%$4,000 – $10,000$7,000
10 – 20%$8,000 – $20,000$14,000
20 – 30%$16,000 – $40,000$28,000
30 – 40%$24,000 – $60,000$42,000
40 – 50%$32,000 – $80,000$56,000

Notably, there are certain exclusions you need to consider, such as natural hearing loss and instances of self-employment. 

What is the Process of Claiming Hearing Loss Compensation?

Following your successful WorkCover claim for industrial deafness, you will receive an evaluation that determines the extent of your permanent hearing loss from workplace noise exposure. The assigned percentage of permanent damage – your DPI – is the foundation for your workers’ compensation claim.

The amount you receive directly depends on your DPI. WorkCover provides an offer based on the assessment, taking specific exclusions into account:

  • Hearing loss from outside Queensland or during self-employment (if applicable)
  • The natural 5% decline in hearing everyone experiences with age
  • Any hearing loss identified in previous assessments.

For more details on these calculations, delve into section 9 (Hearing) of Queensland’s Guidelines for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.

If you agree with the assessment and compensation offer, your acceptance opens the door to future claims every three years, if your hearing declines further.

Accepting or Rejecting the Offer

We empower you to make informed decisions about your claim. Our team ensures you understand the assessment and offer, and we’ll provide guidance on accepting or rejecting the offer based on your unique circumstances. We’ll also discuss why it’s important to carefully consider your options before making a choice:

  • Claiming damages (a common law claim) might be an option if you believe your employer’s negligence caused your hearing loss. This is only possible alongside the lump sum compensation if your DPI is 20% or higher. 
  • If your DPI falls between 5% and 19%, you must choose between accepting the offer or pursuing damages. 

If you’re not happy with the assessment, you can request an independent evaluation or an assessment by the Medical Assessment Tribunal (MAT), whose decision is final. 

What We Do

At WT Compensation Lawyers, your well-being is our priority. Moreover, we recognise the emotional and physical toll that pursuing a hearing loss compensation claim can take. Our commitment to you goes beyond legal assistance; we are compassionate personal injury lawyers ready to stand by your side. We’ll take care of all the legal procedures so you can focus on your recovery.

If you’ve experienced workplace-induced hearing loss, our team is here to guide you with care and understanding. Let us be your support system – take the first step with us today.

Hearing Loss Compensation in QLD FAQs

Industrial deafness is caused by two main factors: chronic noise exposure and once-off acoustic trauma. Working in a noisy environment without proper protection for years gradually damages your hearing. Conversely, a single blast of extremely loud noise can trigger sudden hearing loss. Both paths lead to the same injury: impaired ability to hear.

While sudden onset in one ear, muffled sounds, and tinnitus might hint at a passing issue, only a professional can tell for sure. A comprehensive hearing test will reveal the type and extent of the damage. Remember, seeking help promptly is crucial, regardless of whether your hearing loss comes and goes. Early intervention can maximise recovery and minimise lasting impact.

Many industries with consistent noise hazards qualify, including construction, mining, manufacturing, transport, hospitality, music, and entertainment.

Not necessarily. It depends on factors like the duration and intensity of exposure, type of work, and individual hearing loss severity.

The duration varies depending on how complex each case is, the available evidence, and potential disputes. The entire process could take 6 months to several years.

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When it’s time to talk, we’re not just lawyers – we’re compassionate listeners. Join us for your free consultation, and let’s take the first step together towards securing the hearing loss compensation you rightfully deserve.

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