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Saturday, February 12 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Workers’ Compensation Costs for Occupational Hearing Loss Claims in the United States, 2009-2013

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Background: This study estimated the average annual number of U.S. workers' compensation (WC) claims for occupational hearing loss (OHL) and their associated cost and identified the industry/occupation classifications with the highest numbers of OHL claims. The most recent U.S. cost estimate ($242 million) was based on data from one state in 1991. Methods: WC data from the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. and two individual states were examined, incorporating 37 states and the District of Columbia. Sensitivity analyses were performed to develop ranges for the point estimates. Results: The estimated U.S. average annual OHL claim cost fell in the range of $48–$63 million during 2009-2013, with a point estimate of $57 million (2013 dollars). Industry/occupation classifications with the highest numbers of claims included Aviation – All Other Employees and Drivers (837), Coal Mining (605), and Clerical Office Employees (353). Conclusions: WC data underestimate the burden of OHL. WC laws, industry composition and other factors vary widely by state. Therefore, this study's estimates employed data for many states to better reflect the diversity of the U.S. Workers in a wide range of industry/occupation classifications need special attention to prevent OHL.

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avatar for Elizabeth Masterson, PhD, CPH, COHC

Elizabeth Masterson, PhD, CPH, COHC

Research Epidemiologist, NIOSH
Elizabeth (Liz) Masterson is a Research Epidemiologist in the Health Informatics Branch of the Division of Field Studies and Engineering at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the Project Officer for the NIOSH Occupational Hearing... Read More →


Saturday February 12, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm CST
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