Acoustic trauma and direct injury to the mechanism of hearing are the compensable personal injuries delineated here. As hearing loss has, in all but a few cases, been a minor part of the injury sustained, it is not possible to determine the value of loss of hearing alone. It would appear that partial loss of hearing, either permanent or temporary, is not considered very disabling. $56,000 seems to be the highest award for total loss of hearing with no other injury reported, while $3,500 is the lowest award found for partial loss of hearing. As the cases generally involve various degrees of injuries other than loss of hearing, no clear trend may be noted from the cases reported. Cases reported below are only those in which the hearing loss constituted a major part of the total award in the particular case.
Denis M. Burgoon, Recent Hearing Damage Awards, 10 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 226 (1961)