a. “Noise induced occupational hearing loss” means a permanent bilateral loss of hearing acuity of the sensorineural type due
to prolonged, habitual exposure to hazardous noise in employment. For purposes of this supplementary act, sudden hearing loss resulting from a single,
short noise exposure, such as an explosion, shall not be considered an occupational
disease but shall be considered as an injury by accident. Exceptional cases of sensorineural hearing loss can be considered occupational hearing
loss provided it can be established that the cause was short term exposures to high
intensity noise levels.
b. “Sensorineural hearing loss” means a loss of hearing acuity due to damage to the inner ear which can result from
numerous causes, as distinguished from conductive hearing loss which results from
disease or injury involving the middle ear or outer ear or both and which is not caused
by prolonged exposure to noise.
c. “Prolonged exposure” means exposure to hazardous noise in employment for a period of at least 1 year.
d. “Habitual exposure” means exposure to noise exceeding the allowable daily dose, at least 3 days each
week, for at least 40 weeks each year.
e. “Hazardous noise” means noise which exceeds the permissible daily exposure to the corresponding noise
level as shown in the following table:
Noise Level (dBA)
Permissible Daily Exposure
f. “Hearing threshold level” means the lowest decibel sound which may be heard on the audiometer 50% of the times
presented during audiometric testing.
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