in South Australia

Learn about the process for South Australian Industrial Deafness claims.

How Hearing Loss Compensation Works in South Australia

According to ReturnToWorkSA, almost 17% of all Australians are hearing impaired.

South Australian workers can claim hearing aids and a lump sum payment.
To be eligible for a monetary payment, South Australians must satisfy the 8.8% binaural hearing loss threshold. Hearing loss thresholds do not apply to hearing aid claims.

If you satisfy the lump sum threshold, your entitlements will start at around $1,500 for every 1% of binaural hearing loss.

Here’s how it works: 

  • Our expert legal team will schedule a legal consultation and arrange a visit to an audiologist for a hearing test.
  • An E.N.T. specialist will review the audiogram and prepare a detailed report.
  • We'll gather all the necessary documentation and submit a claim on your behalf.
  • The insurer will arrange for an independent medical specialist to assess your hearing loss.
  • You receive your compensation and hearing aids unless the insurer denies your claim.
  • If your claim is disputed, we'll resolve your claim at the South Australia Employment Tribunal (SAET).
  • You receive your compensation and hearing aids.

Over the past 20+ years, our simple process has helped thousands of hardworking Australians receive their hearing loss entitlements. There are no upfront legal fees; you'll only pay them if you receive monetary compensation.

RTWSA’s role in workers' compensation claims for hearing loss in South Australia

RTWSA is the South Australian government body that regulates the workers' compensation scheme. They oversee licensed insurers under the Return to Work Act. They also regulate allied Health providers to ensure high standards of treatment and regulate fees to ensure sustainability.

Regarding hearing loss claims, RTWSA monitors hearing service providers within the scheme, ensuring only appropriately qualified persons can dispense hearing aids and other rehabilitation services to injured workers. Through Hearing Aid orders, they have regulated fees for hearing aids, fitting costs and ongoing maintenance expenses. Workers in South Australia receive excellent hearing aids, ensuring only the most modern hearing aids are prescribed.

RTWSA is also responsible for the training and accreditation of doctors who provide assessment services within the scheme. They create guidelines for doctors to follow to determine a worker's entitlement to monetary payments.

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