Screening audiometry is a regularly undertaken hearing test in the workplace. It checks the effectiveness of the noise control measures undertaken by a company.
Audiometric testing is mandatory for all UK employees exposed to levels of 85dB(A) on a daily basis.
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.
This will then be followed by regular series of testing, usually annually for the first two years, then at three yearly intervals.
The test 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.