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You could get certain benefits for work-related hearing loss

As a worker in Kentucky, you can encounter a number of things on the job that could be a threat to your safety and well-being. Depending on the nature of your job, it is possible that excessive noise levels could be a threat to your hearing. In fact, your job could lead to either temporary or permanent hearing loss.

If your job conditions resulted in the loss of hearing, even partially, you could have grounds to seek workers' compensation benefits. Injured workers generally have the right to support after a work-related accident or the onset of a work-related medical condition, including hearing loss. Many people find it beneficial to seek guidance as they navigate the workers' compensation process.

Protecting the hearing of all workers

Not all workers face exposure to dangerous levels of noise in the workplace. However, there are certain jobs that could place workers at a higher risk of experiencing hearing loss. These jobs include construction, manufacturing and others.

Employers are responsible for providing workers with a reasonably safe work environment. This means that they should take steps to ensure that workers have as much protection from certain hazards as possible. Some ways that employers can protect people against hearing loss include the following:

  • Using tools and machinery that emit lower levels of noise
  • Providing hearing protection equipment
  • Keeping all machinery in good working condition
  • Providing barriers between the workers and the noise when possible
  • Allowing for ample breaks during work
  • Rotating tasks so one person is not around excessive noise too often
  • Providing safety training regarding working safety around loud noises

It is possible to reduce the chance that a person will experience the negative effects of noise exposure in the workplace. Training, protective equipment and other measures can ensure that fewer people suffer from job-related hearing loss.

If you lost your hearing because of your work, you may have the right to seek the benefits you need for continued medical care and other types of support.

Protecting your rights

As a worker in this state who suffered a type of injury as a result of your job, you could have the right to seek financial support through Kentucky's workers' compensation benefits program.

You could be entitled to support for medical bills, rehabilitation and other types of care you may need as you deal with partial or total loss of your hearing abilities. The claims process can have challenges, and you may find it helpful to seek help as you navigate it.

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