I get so many questions about hearing impairments that I am attaching a link to a recent explanation written by rating doctor Michael Glick, D.O., that appeared in the DIR Medical Unit’s Seminar 2015 newsletter. Please note that a 5% for tinnitus converts to a 2% whole person award. Some doctors will award for tinnitus if there is a documented hearing loss even if it doesn’t amount to a ratable impairment for hearing loss, while some rating doctors will not award for tinnitus unless there is a ratable impairment for hearing loss. Also, be aware that you may need hearing aids for a hearing loss, but may not have sufficient loss for a ratable impairment.
Rating hearing impairments
By Jason Weinstock on September 2, 2015 Posted in Benefits,Claims,Information Center,Occupational Illnesses,Permanent partial disability awards