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Changes to the hearing aid program

Workplace noise is one of the most common occupational health hazards. It can affect anyone exposed to too much noise. When a worker is diagnosed with work-related hearing loss, WorkSafeNB covers the costs of hearing aids and hearing services.hearing aid

In 2015, WorkSafeNB funded close to 5,000 hearing aids for new and existing clients, nearly a 40% increase from the year before. And the number is expected to significantly increase due in part to New Brunswick’s aging population and poor noise-related safety practices from more than 20 years ago.

To ensure the sustainability of New Brunswick’s workers’ compensation system and future benefits for New Brunswick workers, WorkSafeNB is making the following changes to its hearing aid program:

  • WorkSafeNB entered into an agreeement with selected manufacturers to provide hearing aids to our clients. Hearing aid providers are now required to order devices from the Standing Offer Price Exception List for Hearing Aids. It can be found on the WorkplaceNL website in the Related Documents box.
  • WorkSafeNB will issue a Request for Qualifications to New Brunswick’s hearing aid providers by the end of January, which will establish a network of qualified hearing aid providers who are in good standing with their associations and will abide by the terms of a hearing aid provider agreement. The provider agreement will set out compliance for client privacy and will establish a set amount they can charge WorkSafeNB for their services.
  • WorkSafeNB will retain an audiology consultant to ensure we meet the individual needs of our workers with work-related hearing loss. When a hearing aid provider prescribes a device not included on the preferred pricing list, the audiology consultant will review the request.

If you are a hearing aid provider, you can find more information here.

If you are a client with a hearing aid claim, you can find more information here.

The following resources will help you protect your hearing on the job:

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