Hearing Loss and Long Term Disability
As one of the five senses, hearing can be an integral part of communicating, working, and socializing. At law firm Share Lawyers, we have clients who require long term disability benefits for a whole range of reasons. Hearing loss is a disability that can make it impossible to work - especially for those who experience loss of hearing later in life.
Deafness is a term that’s used to describe individuals who have complete or significant hearing loss. Many deaf individuals use sign language and lip reading and thrive at work and in their personal lives - what we are talking about in this post is individuals who lose the ability to hear later in life, whether it be through occupational hazards, lifestyle, illness, or genetics.
What industries can cause hearing loss?
A loss of hearing is more common in some industries than in other. This includes:
- Military, with low flying aircrafts, combat, and military drills involving loud explosives
- Agriculture, hearing loss usually results from farming equipment and aircrafts that crop dust
- Entertainment and Hospitality, where those working concerts or in environments with loud music
- Construction, Carpentry and Mining, which all involve heavy and often loud machinery or work environments
- Dentistry, with high volume drill or suction tools
What illnesses can lead to hearing loss?
There are a range of illnesses that can lead to a loss of hearing including:
- Otosclerosis, a genetic condition that causes gradual loss of hearing due to abnormal bone growth in the ears
- Acoustic neuroma, involving a non-cancerous tumour growing directly on the nerve responsible for hearing and balance
- Mumps virus, which can damage the cochlea in the inner ear
How can hearing loss affect your ability to work?
A loss of hearing can affect an individual's ability to work in specific industries. Those who experience a loss of hearing in adulthood may see fewer job opportunities because of impaired or restricted communication, social withdrawal, and limited resources because of inability to communicate, and emotional and psychological problems because of low self-esteem and lack of confidence.
A loss of hearing, either related to work or illness, can have a significant effect on an individual’s life.
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A note from our long term disability lawyers
Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.
If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.
Our disability law firm knows what you have been going through
Our long term disability lawyers understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.
Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf
Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.
If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.
Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.
In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.