(In effect as of January 1, 2005*) TABLE 20.

OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS STATUTES AWARD FOR TINNITUS (RINGING NOISE)

STATE

IS O.H.L COMPENSABLE

TIME LIMIT TO FILE

SEPARATION FROM NOISE BEFORE FILING

MINIMUM EXPOSURE IN LAST EMPLOYMENT

HEARING LOSS FORMULA

PRESBYCUSIS DEDUCTION FOR AGING

DEDUCTION FOR PREBENEFITS EXISTING (SCHEDULED INJURY) LOSS ONE EAR BOTH

AURAL CHOICE REHABILIOF TATION WAITING PHYSICIAN PROVIDED PERIOD

Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California

Y Y Y Y Y

1 yr. D-2 yrs. 1 yr. 2 yrs. D-1 yr.

NIS NIS NIS NIS NIS

NIS NIS NIS NIS NIS

ME ME 59 AAOO ME 79 AAOO

N N N N 3/ N

Y N Y N Y

$11,660 2/ 26,400 14,280 $9,296 4/ 7,431.20 26,285 39,287 39,858 5/ 31,875 32,344 6/ 27,524 20,500 52,100

$35,860 2/ 79,200 53,720 $64,056 4/ 29,512.48 78,104 91,670 153,300 5/ 63,750 124,400 58,147 110,094 62,500 182,350

Carrier Employee Employee Carrier Empoyer/ Employee Carrier Employee Employee Employee Employer Carrier Employee Carrier Employee Carrier Carrier

P P Y Y P

N N N N N

1/ Y N N Y

Colorado Connecticut Delaware Dist. of Col. Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa

Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y 7/ Y

2-3 yrs. D-3 yrs. D-1 yr. 1 yr. D-2 yrs. 1 yr. D-2 yrs. 1 yr. 3 yrs. 2-3 yrs. 2 yrs.

NIS NIS NIS 6 mos. NIS 6 mos. NIS NIS NIS NIS 1 mo.

NIS NIS NIS NIS NIS 90 days NIS NIS 90 days NIS 90 days

AMA 59 AAOO ME 47 AMA ME 59 AAOO ME ME ME ME ME

N N N P N N N N N N Y

Y N Y Y Y Y N Y Y Y Y

Y N Y Y Y Y P Y N Y Y

N N N N N 6 mos. N N N N N

N P P P Y N Y NIS NIS N Y

*See Introduction page.

TABLE 20. OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS STATUTES (cont.) AWARD FOR TINNITUS (RINGING NOISE)

STATE

IS O.H.L COMPENSABLE

TIME LIMIT TO FILE

SEPARATION FROM NOISE BEFORE FILING

MINIMUM EXPOSURE IN LAST EMPLOYMENT

HEARING LOSS FORMULA

PRESBYCUSIS DEDUCTION FOR AGING

DEDUCTION FOR PREBENEFITS EXISTING (SCHEDULED INJURY) LOSS ONE EAR BOTH

AURAL CHOICE REHABILIOF TATION WAITING PHYSICIAN PROVIDED PERIOD

Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland

Y Y Y Y Y

1 yr. 2-3 yrs. D-4 mos. 2 yrs. 2 yrs.

NIS N/A NIS 30 days N/A

NIS N/A NIS 90 days 90 days

47 AMA 8/ ME ANSI Attach and Send 9-650 ME ME ME ME 59 AAOO 59 AAOO 59 AAOO 79 AAOO ME

N N Y Y Y

N Y N Y Y

13,470 N/A 9/ 26,160 32,125

49,390 N/A 9/ 104,640 192,474

Carrier Employee Carrier Employee Employee

Y N Y Y Y

N N N 30 days 6 mos.

N N NIS Y P

Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey

Y N Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y

D-4 yrs. D-4 mos. D-3 yrs. D-2 yrs. D-1 yr. D-30 days D-2 yrs. D-90 days 2 yrs. D-1-2 yrs.

NIS NIS NIS NIS 6 mos 6 mos. NIS NIS NIS 4 weeks

NIS NIS NIS NIS 90 days 90 days NIS NIS NIS

N N N N Y Y N N P

N Y Y Y Y Y N* Y N Y

25,595 10/ N/A 13,644 17,005 2/ 28,950 12/ 32,085 10,680

67,958 10/ 38,500 51,166 62,469 2/ 11/ 12/ 131,549 62,200

Employee Carrier Employee Employee Carrier Employee Employee Employee Employee Carrier

P Y Y Y N Y N P Y Y

N N N N 6 mos. 6 mos. N N N 4 weeks

P N N P N N Y Y Y Y

1 yr. ANSI P 3 days 40 wks. 13/ * Possibly - See 48-151(4): employer liable for degree of agravation of the preexisting occupational disease.

TABLE 20. OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS STATUTES (cont.) AWARD FOR TINNITUS (RINGING NOISE)

STATE

IS O.H.L COMPENSABLE

TIME LIMIT TO FILE

SEPARATION FROM NOISE BEFORE FILING

MINIMUM EXPOSURE IN LAST EMPLOYMENT

HEARING LOSS FORMULA

PRESBYCUSIS DEDUCTION FOR AGING

DEDUCTION FOR PREBENEFITS EXISTING (SCHEDULED INJURY) LOSS ONE EAR BOTH

AURAL CHOICE REHABILIOF TATION WAITING PHYSICIAN PROVIDED PERIOD

New Mexico

Y

2 yrs./ 30 days 14/ D-2 yrs. 1 yr. 6 mos. D-2 yrs. D-180 days to 5 yrs.

NIS

NIS

ME/AMA

NIS

Y

21,602

81,010

Carrier/ Employee Panel Carrier Employee Employee Carrier Employee

NIS

N

Y

New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon

Y Y Y Y Y Y

3 mos. 6 mos. NIS NIS NIS NIS

90 days 90 days NIS NIS NIS NIS

59 AAOO 59 AAOO AMA ME AMA 500-6k

N N N N NIS Y

Y Y N Y Y Y

24,000 48,160 15/ 16,550 29,040

60,000 103,200 15/ 82,750 87,120

P Y Y Y Y Y

6 mos. 6 mos. N N N N

Y N N Y Y Y

13,083 (I) 41,314 (I) 83,794 (WD) 140,114 (WD) *Impairment Only (I) or Including Work Disability Because Unable to return to Regular Work (WD) NIS 6 mos. NIS NIS AMA 59 AAOO N P Y Y 60 week max 260 week max min-3,375 max-6,750 46,254 16/ 47,850 min-6,750 max-13,500 95,399 70,200 95,700

Pennsylvania Rhode Island

Y Y

3 yrs. D-2 yrs.

Panel Employee

NIS Y

N 6 mos.

NIS N

South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont

Y Y Y Y Y Y

D-2 yrs. 2 yrs. 1-3 yrs. 1 yr. 17/ D-1 yr. 3 yr.

NIS 6 mos NIS NIS 6 mos NIS

NIS 90 days NIS NIS NIS NIS

ME AMA ME 59 AAOO/AMA ME AMA

P Y N N Y N

Y Y N N Y Y

Carrier Carrier Panel EE

Y Y N N N Y

N N N N 6 mos N

Y N P Y N Y

21,364 AMA Guides

42,728 AMA Guides

Carrier Carrier

TABLE 20. OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS STATUTES (cont.) AWARD FOR TINNITUS (RINGING NOISE)

STATE

IS O.H.L COMPENSABLE

TIME LIMIT TO FILE

SEPARATION FROM NOISE BEFORE FILING

MINIMUM EXPOSURE IN LAST EMPLOYMENT

HEARING LOSS FORMULA

PRESBYCUSIS DEDUCTION FOR AGING

DEDUCTION FOR PREBENEFITS EXISTING (SCHEDULED INJURY) LOSS ONE EAR BOTH

AURAL CHOICE REHABILIOF TATION WAITING PHYSICIAN PROVIDED PERIOD

Virginia Washington

Y Y

D-2 yrs.

NIS

NIS NIS

59 AAOO 59 AAOO

N N

Y Y

35,300 18/

70,600 18/

Panel Employee

Y NIS

N N

Y P

D-1 yr., NIS or 2 yrs. for OD D-3 yrs. None D-1 yr. NIS 7 days NIS

West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Abbreviations

Y Y Y

60 days 90 days NIS

59 AAOO CHABA ME

N Y P Footnotes

may apply Y N

2/ 13,310 5/

2/ 79,860 5/

Employee Employee Employee

Y Y Y

N N N

P N N

O.H.L. - Occupational Hearing Loss P - Possible D - Discovery Rule (when injury discovered) N - No Y - Yes ME - Medical evaluation AMA - American Medical Association AAOO - American Academy of Opthalmology and Otolaryngology NIS - Not in statute CHABA - Committee on Hearing, Bioacoustics and Biomechanics (working group of the National Academy of Sciences) ANSI - American National Standards Institute N/A - Not Available

1/ Alabama: Courts have the authority for establishing criteria to be used in determining the degree of hearing loss. 2/ Alaska, Montana, and West Virginia: Ratings for compensation purposes are determined as a percentage of permanent partial impairment of the whole person. 3/ Arkansas law was amended, effective April 5, 2005, affecting provisions for hearing loss 4/ California: Complete hearing loss in one ear is a 15% disability, while hearing loss in both ears is a 60% disability. These translate, for 2003, to $9,296 and $64,056 respectively, for standard disabilites. 5/ Florida and Wyoming : Benefits paid according to degree of impairment as is. 6/ Idaho: Weekly benefit amount is 55% of the State average weekly wage (SAWW). 7/ Indiana: Yes, if traumatic injury. 8/ Kentucky: Benefits for hearing loss of at least 8% impairment are based solely on AMA guidelines. 9/ Louisiana: No hearing loss schedule. 10/ Michigan: Hearing loss compensation based on wage loss. 11/ Nebraska: Loss of hearing in both ears constitutes permanent total disability. 12/ Nevada: Currently rating physicians and chiropractors rate hearing loss according to the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 5th Edition; ratings are subject to Nevada's apportionment statutes and regulations. 13/ New Jersey: As per NJSA 34:15-35.11 sections c and d, "Prolonged exposure" means exposure to hazardous noise in employment for a period of at least 1 year and "Habitual exposure" means exposure to noise exceeding the allowable daily dose, at least 3 days a week for at least 40 weeks each year.

14/ New York: Requires notice within 2 years or 90 days of knowledge that hearing loss is or was due to nature of employment. TABLE 20. OCCUPATIONAL HEARING LOSS STATUTES (cont.)

15/ North Dakota: No longer scheduled injury-determined as a percentage of whole body impairment. 16/ South Dakota: Monaural loss is determined as a percentage of binaural loss. 17/ Texas: 1 year from date of injury or 1 year from date knew or should have known occupational disease was related to employment. 18/ Washington State: Benefits based on percentage of disability, or combination thereof, at the time of injury or date of manifestation. OHL claims must be filed within 2 yrs of the date of last injurious exposure to occupational noise covered under this title. An OHL claim that is not timely filed can only be allowed for medical aid benefits.