How do I get compensation for hearing loss?

How do I get compensation for hearing loss?

Voluntary compensation

The ENT specialist can perform tests to determine our level of hearing loss if we begin to notice hearing loss: depending on the diagnosis, we can request the evaluation of the degree of disability in one ear.

Hearing loss is a type of disability which does not present a visible physical impairment, but which limits autonomy and the performance of certain activities where hearing is of special importance.

To establish the percentage of disability due to hearing loss, binaural hearing loss (of both ears) is also taken into account. In other words, if there is a total loss in one ear but the other ear has normal hearing, the degree of disability obtained by the hearing-impaired person will be lower.

For a degree of disability to be granted, it is necessary to calculate the percentage of hearing impairment. It must range at least between 33% and 64%, with more than 75% being the value assigned to total deafness. In the event that the binaural loss reaches 96.2%, the patient is recognized as having a disability of 40%, the maximum granted for deafness.

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Hypoacusis is one of the most frequent occupational consequences among workers; in certain sectors, such as industry or construction, there are high numbers of employees whose hearing is reduced due to the continuous exposure to noise present in their work environment.

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Royal Decree 1299/2006 of November 10 includes hypoacusis among the occupational diseases and establishes the criteria for its notification and registration, which give rise to the rights of workers whose hearing sensitivity is impaired, including compensation for hearing loss.

Hearing is one of the five senses, being necessary for the performance of numerous jobs for which it is necessary to hear; in addition, hearing is related to vertigo, which can incapacitate to perform many work activities.

This degree is granted to those persons who, as a consequence of the reduction in their hearing sensitivity, can no longer perform their usual work activities, such as a telephone operator or a person who works in telephone answering.

Compensation table for loss of working capacity 2019.

Hearing loss, when severe, may be grounds for permanent disability. The hearing loss must be relevant, such that it prevents the patient from performing a normal work activity. In any case, a diagnosis of hypoacusis does not in itself ensure that a permanent disability pension can be collected. The most frequent is that a total disability is granted, since the absolute and the great disability are very little or not at all common in the case of hypoacusis.

Such disability does not only consist in losing hearing, but also in having serious problems in communicating. In addition, when an absolute disability is granted for hypoacusis, in most cases other ailments such as vertigo have been proven.

Only the lack of hearing, even if it is very relevant, does not allow an affected person to receive this pension supplement. A severe disability due to hypoacusis requires the presence of other more serious ailments, which will be the ones that truly determine this degree.

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This reduction is measured in decibels, in the four frequencies in which human communication usually takes place: 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 Hz. And the percentage of disability assigned will be combined with that corresponding to language, if any.

Percentage of disability due to hearing loss

Work incapacity due to hypoacusis is a more than frequent reality within the main entities and corporations that make up the business fabric of our country today. This type of hearing impairment is clearly catalogued by our legal system within the occupational diseases regulated in Royal Decree 1299/2006, of November 10 (annex 1, group 2, agent A).

However, regardless of how this type of problem affects any professional in their day-to-day work, hearing problems are a common scenario in contemporary society, even in subjects belonging to the younger demographic segmentation or even the child population.

That is why today we dedicate an article to work incapacity due to hypoacusis, establishing the types of disability due to illness to which problems of this typology could give rise, some statistical data that would support the reality in question as well as various sentences issued by the courts of justice that will allow you to understand what situation you may face during your claim process.

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