WorkCover Hearing Tests Perth
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WorkCover Hearing Tests
WorkCover Western Australia (WorkCover WA) is a government body that handles worker compensation schemes. When it comes to WorkCover Hearing Tests, a WorkCover registered audiologist performs the baseline hearing test as well as subsequent hearing tests that comply with WorkCover regulations. Employers have a legal requirement to ensure that all workers who work in noisy work locations, obtain a baseline hearing test, even when they are wearing hearing protection equipment. This is to establish a benchmark against which all future tests are compared to determine the level of occupational hearing loss as well as for any future claims if any hearing damage is sustained.
Free Online Hearing Test
Hearing loss can be gradual, and often undetectable, as your brain adjusts to the level of hearing. This simple and free online hearing test can determine your base hearing capacity. Please note: this test is just a screening tool. If you have concerns, we suggest booking an appointment with our team for a comprehensive in-person hearing test.
WorkCover Tests Perth
Employers are responsible for arranging all WorkCover tests to be conducted with a certified audiologist. All test results are to be submitted to WorkCover WA by the approved audiologist with a copy provided to the employee within a month after hearing tests have been completed. The results are to be kept confidential and cannot be given out to anybody without the worker’s consent.
WorkCover Hearing Claims
If the results indicate at least 10 percent hearing loss from the baseline test, a Work Cover hearing claim may be filed. WorkCover WA will advise the worker to undergo further testing with an audiologist or ENT specialist if required. If a hearing loss of ten percent or more is confirmed, Work Cover WA will send a claim form to the worker to be completed and returned. Then the work form is forwarded to the employer to lodge the form with their insurer within 5 working days. Claims can vary from full funding for hearing aids, weekly payments to cover loss of earnings, medical expenses, lump sum payments in the case of permanent impairment as well as workplace rehabilitation assistance.
Work Induced Hearing Loss
Do you suspect you might have work induced hearing loss?
Make an appointment with a certified audiologist at the Art of Hearing today! Our experienced and well-trained audiologists are WorkCover registered and dedicated to providing full hearing solutions which includes thorough hearing tests.
Types of Hearing Tests at Art of Hearing
Tympanometry – This test is used to measure the movement of your eardrum in response to differences in air pressure. If you are having issues with your hearing, this will determine if there is a fluid or wax build up, or if your eardrum is perforated or has a tumor.
Acoustic Reflex Testing – To find the source of a hearing problem, as well as the type of hearing loss, this test is used to measure the involuntary muscle contractions of the middle ear, a key tool in detecting whether there is decreased admittance, which is a measure of how much sound gets into the ear.
Pure Tone Testing – Using air conduction, your ability to hear sounds at various pitches and volumes will be tested and the results will be charted on an audiogram. You will sit in a specially designed booth, and wear headphones. Every time you hear a sound, you will be instructed to press a button or raise a hand.
Bone Conduction Testing – This is another type of pure-tone testing that can help determine your type of hearing loss by measuring your inner ear’s response to sound. A conductor will be placed behind your ear, sending tiny vibrations through the bone directly to the inner ear. This differs from the traditional testing, which makes use of air to send audible sounds.
Speech Testing– This type of testing is used to measure your speech reception threshold (SRT), or the faintest speech you can understand 50 percent of the time. It is administered in either a quiet or noisy environment and measures your ability to separate speech from background noise.
Hearing Tests & Audiology Assessments
We have a broad profile of hearing tests available for the occupational health industry. Our state of art equipment and facilities enable us to perform advanced testing to assist with patient rehabilitation, or pre-work assessments.
Our Audiology Clinic Locations
With Over 5 Clinics in Perth, it has never been easier to make Art of Hearing your favourite destination for all your hearing needs.
(08) 9390 8811
Head Office: 2/2 Ecko Road, Mount Nasura WA 6112
Mon-Fri 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM