Tinnitus -- a persistent ringing in the ears -- is a compensable disability under New Jersey's workers' compensation laws, even without a loss of hearing, a state appeals court has ruled in a case of first impression. The court held that the condition can meet the definition of a permanent partial disability under the state workers' compensation law, even though tinnitus doesn't qualify as hearing loss under the state's Occupational Hearing Loss Act.
Tinnitus Without Hearing Loss Qualifies for Workers' Comp Benefits
New Jersey Law Journal
August 1, 2007