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.
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
- 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
If you are a hearing aid provider, you can find
If you are a client with a hearing aid
claim, you can find more information
The following resources will help you protect your hearing on