Jan. 1, 2015: Change to Hearing Loss Claims Policy to Take Effect

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The WCB updated its policy related to occupational hearing loss to resolve a slight inconsistency between the policy and the Act. The new policy requires a Permanent Medical Impairment to 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. The changes will provide clarity and process improvement related to noise induced hearing loss claims.