Hearing loss doesn’t always have to be equal bilaterally to still have compensable hearing loss paid by the Department of Labor and Industries. There are cases where the source of noise is greater on one side than the other. For instance, someone who is operating a drilling apperatus and standing on one side of the machine can have increased hearing loss greater in one ear than the other. DLI can sometimes be suspect of a hearing loss claim if it is not equal. If you can prove a higher level of noise on one side you can succeed in getting the claim allowed.