Claimant had 30 years as a Game Management agent and officer. The worker used powerboats with outboard motors and ATVs regularly and had to shoot firearms for annual certification. DLI’s expert hearing doctor said that there was not enough noise to be considered “harmful”. We proved that the shape of the worker’s hearing loss, as documented on his objective hearing tests, was consistent with noise induced loss, and we showed that serial testing done, while still working for the Game Department, showed deterioration.
Based upon these factors, the Board of Appeals reversed the Department’s rejection, and sent claim back to be allowed as an Occupational Disease for Hearing Loss.