CNESST expertise


Occupational deafness is recognized by the CNESST, however there are conditions and procedures to follow to assert your right to care.

Employer's obligations

In Quebec, the law requires that employers: : 

Register with the Standards, Equity, Health and Safety Commission and pay an insurance premium by periodic installments to Revenu Québec. Implement all the prevention, first aid and rescue measures required by their sector of activity.

Eligibility conditions: :

  • A diagnosis of sensorineural deafness with hearing impairment should be established.
  • The worker must have worked in one or more positions exposing him to excessive or prolonged noise.
  • The worker must have contributed to the CSST/CNESST plan. A worker in activity as a retiree can take the steps.

The rights of workers with occupational deafness

Once occupational deafness has been recognized, the CNESST pays for:

  • The cost of audiological evaluations
  • Two high-performance hearing aids every 5 years
  • The costs of services, maintenance products and batteries for hearing aids
  • In some cases, the cost of hearing aids hearing aids (listening systems for TV, telephone, etc.)
  • It can also pay compensation when the hearing loss is at least 30 dB HL, at 500, 1,000, 2,000 and 4000 Hz to the affected ear.