How Compensation for Hearing Loss in Virginia Worker’s Compensation Cases is Determined

Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 at 2:00 pm    

Hearing loss is compensable if you suffer the loss due to a work related injury. The Virginia Workers’ Compensation commissions reviews your hearing loss without the use of a hearing aid and with a pure-tone audiometer by air conduction alone. No allowance for presbycusis is to be made.

Hearing loss in decibels is to be recorded at 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 3,000 cycles per second. The audiometer must be calibrated to the ANSI 1969 standard.

The average decibel loss is translated into a percentage of compensable hearing loss of each ear according to a table that the Commission uses. Some examples from the table are:

Average Decibel Loss. Percent of Compensable Hearing Loss

  1. .8

28 2.2

29 3.6

60 55.0

61 56.7

62 60.0

89 98.8

90 and over 100.0

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