In April, 1959, the 70th General Assembly of the State of Missouri enacted Senate Bill No. 167, dealing with many aspects of Workmen's Compensation. Included in this new law are two sections, 287.201 and 287.202, that recognize loss of hearing due to industrial noise as an occupational disease and specify the method of evaluating the hearing loss for purposes of compensation.
The method of evaluation embodied in the new Missouri law follows in all important respects the Principles for Evaluating Hearing Loss that were approved, in 1955, by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and by the American Medical Association1 and also the recommendations of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology in its very recent (1959) Guide for the Evaluation of Hearing Impairment.2 The bill was actually drafted prior to the publication of the latter document, and although it embodies the substance and the intent of
DAVIS H. Missouri Senate Bill No. 167 Concerning Industrial Hearing Loss: An Interpretation. AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;72(1):87–95. doi:https://doi.org/10.1001/archotol.1960.00740010091016
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