Richard has been managing hearing loss claims (mainly occupational noise claims) for 8 years within the ACC Hearing loss team based in Dunedin.
The ACC National Assessment Audit, New
Developments, and Process Issues
audit of 220 assessment reports on occupational noise-induced hearing loss was
carried out in November 2017. The clinical audit tool was developed based on
ACC’s experience in other claim areas, together with input from the four
otologists involved in the project. The main clinical areas were evaluated by
the otologists, and some ratings were carried out by ACC team leaders, and the
Audiology Adviser. The results presented here have been provided to the
assessors, together with their individual results. Details of the process and
results will be provided, and opportunity given for discussion.
materials have been developed in conjunction with representatives of NZSOHNS.
Updated literature reviews have been commissioned on chemicals in the workplace
and their effect on hearing loss, and impact/impulse noise. The Assessment
guide which was developed in 2010 has been updated. A document summarizing
noise levels has also been produced to assist clinicians.
to ACC’s processes and associated issues will be addressed.