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4.2.3 Date of injury - loss of hearing cases
The date of injury for hearing loss claims is important in determining which legislation a subsequent impairment can be compensated under. The date of injury will be determined as part of the liability assessment and determination process. Further information about the date of injury for hearing loss claims can found in the Liability Handbook at Chapter 23.6 .
Section 24 of the DRCA was amended on 1 October 2001 so that PI compensation was payable for an accepted binaural hearing loss of 5% (i.e. 2.5% WPI) or more. This replaced the previous threshold of 20% binaural hearing loss (i.e. 10% WPI). Accordingly, the lower threshold only applies to hearing loss claims with a date of injury after 1 October 2001.