Audiometric testing is regularly undertaken series of hearing tests in the workplace. Audiometric testing checks the effectiveness of the noise control measures undertaken by a company and whether your staff require regular hearing tests as a result.
Typically, audiometric testing is used to determine someone’s hearing levels with the help of an audiometer, but it may also be used to measure someone’s ability to distinguish different sound intensities, recognize pitch or distinguish speech from background noise. Acoustic reflex and otoacoustic emissions may also be measured during the audiometric testing period as a way to determine whether those affected require ongoing hearing tests.
Audiometric testing is mandatory for all UK employees exposed to levels of 85dB(A) on a daily basis.
How is audiometric testing done and how can it determine whether your staff require regular hearing tests?
Ideally, audiometric testing for employees should start before a person is exposed to a noise to set a baseline (eg, for new starters or those changing jobs). However, it is perfectly acceptable to for it to be introduced at any time for those exposed to noise already.
The audiometric testing will then be followed by a regular series of hearing tests, usually annually for the first two years, then at three yearly intervals.
The hearing tests result, a pure tone audiogram, is a highly repeatable exact reading of the hearing thresholds by frequency. We also administer a questionnaire and visually inspect the ears after completing the hearing tests.
The hearing tests and audiometric testing procedure is carried out during working hours, with minimal disruption, in a professional manner and at a competitive, all-inclusive rate.
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