Tinnitus, Pre-January 2, 1990


The WSIB accepts entitlement for occupational noise-induced tinnitus if it is the result of exposure to hazardous noise through employment in Ontario and if all the following circumstances exist

  • there is an accepted claim for occupational noise-induced hearing loss,


  • there is a clear and adequate history of two or more years of continuous and severe tinnitus,


  • the condition has been confirmed by a specialist with facilities for testing tinnitus.


Entitlement to compensation under the Rating Schedule in document 16-01-03, Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is retroactive to the date of the policy change (June 3, 1988), or the date of the disability, whichever is later.

Permanent disability awards for tinnitus do not usually exceed 2%, except under unusual circumstances (e.g., when there is severe psychotraumatic disability as a result of tinnitus).

Application date

This policy applies to accidents occurring before January 2, 1990.

For Tinnitus, Post-January 2, 1990, see 16-01-08, Tinnitus, Post-January 2, 1990.

Document History

This document replaces 04-03-07.


Legislative Authority

Workers' Compensation Act, R.S.O. 1980, as amended
Sections 1(1)(n), 40(1), 45(1), 45(3), 45(12), 52, 122


Board of Directors
#8(XII), June 10, 2004, Page 6618