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Audiometry

Noise-induced hearing loss is a serious problem in many workplaces, especially those with high levels of sound pollution. At Healthscreen, we offer on-site audiometry assessments to help identify any hearing loss in your employees and ensure that they are adequately protected against further damage.

How We Support You

Our comprehensive audiometry assessments are performed by our trained professionals using the latest equipment and methods that comply with the most recent standards and guidelines to ensure accurate results. At the beginning of the assessment, we obtain all relevant information from the employee regarding their medical history and exposure to noise. After performing the hearing test, any issues with the employee’s hearing are brought to the attention of the company management and a referral service is offered.

We also provide noise surveys to identify the source and level of noise in your workplace, including readings, findings, and a report on necessary actions and appropriate protection levels.

Additionally, we offer custom-made hearing protection for your employees, attending your site to take impressions and providing one set of earplugs per employee for ultimate hearing safety.

Main Benefits

  • Early identification of any hearing loss, allowing employees to receive appropriate protection and support to manage their condition, reducing the risk of complications and improving overall health.
  • Reduced absenteeism and increased productivity by ensuring that employees can continue to work safely and effectively.
  • Safer work environment for all employees through identifying and addressing potential noise hazards and implementing appropriate control measures.
  • Compliance with legal requirements and industry standards for hearing protection, helping to avoid potential fines or legal issues related to occupational noise exposure.

Ensuring Regulatory Compliance

Ensuring a safe and healthy work environment is a fundamental responsibility of every employer. In line with industry regulations and standards, our audiometry testing service assists you in meeting your legal obligations. Compliance with legislation, such as the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, is essential to protect your employees from the risks associated with noise exposure. By choosing our audiometry testing service, you demonstrate your commitment to maintaining compliance and safeguarding the well-being of your workforce.

FAQ:

Any employee who is exposed to high levels of noise in the workplace should consider getting an audiometry assessment.

The frequency of testing will depend on the individual’s risk factors, workplace environment, and medical history. Typically, an initial hearing test is performed during the employee’s first year at the organisation to establish a baseline for their hearing. A comparative test should then be undertaken 12 months after. In case these tests don’t flag any issues, your testing schedule should reduce to one assessment every 2-3 years.

If hearing loss is detected, our professionals will provide advice and referrals to appropriate medical professionals or programmes to manage the condition. We can also provide custom-made hearing protection to prevent further damage.

Contact us today to schedule an on-site audiometry assessment and ensure your employees are adequately protected against further hearing loss.

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Why do I need an Audiometry Test?

“Exposure to noise at work can cause irreversible hearing damage. It is one of the commonest health problems and can be difficult to detect as the effects build up gradually over time.
Throughout all industry, industrial hearing loss remains the occupational disease with the highest number of civil claims accounting for about 75% of all occupational disease claims.”
Source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/food/noise.htm

What happens in an Audiometry Test?

Healthscreen UK Ltd can provide Audiometry test either in our Hinckley clinic or we are able to travel onto your company site around the UK.

Regulation 5 of the Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1999 (MHSW Regs).

Audiometry is a technique used to detect early damage to hearing, from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage allows appropriate action to be taken, as well as a referral of the individual. Audio Surveillance may also find changes in hearing due to other causes outside of work.
At the beginning of the assessment, it is important to obtain the individual’s medical history and other exposures to noise. During follow up examinations, questions should be asked about:

What happens after an Audiometry Test?

After performing the hearing test, any issues arising with an employee are brought to the attention of the company management and a referral service is offered.
A hearing assessment is performed to set a baseline for hearing, this is normally done the first year. Then a comparative test should be undertaken 12 months later. If these tests don’t flag any problems, your schedule of testing should then fall back to every two-three years dependent upon your requirements. All new starters should be seen immediately and then fall into the process as above.
Noise-induced hearing loss causes:

Examples of when an Audiometry test was needed

“Dye House”

A dyer who worked in a dyehouse for 15 years had a hearing check and was found to have 50% hearing loss at the age of 37. He now has problems using the phone and needs an amplifier. Traffic is hard to hear unless he is right next to it, so crossing a road becomes stressful. When driving he often stays in 3rd gear too long as he can’t hear the engine revving. Hearing loss could have been prevented with hearing protection.

Orchestra

A trombone player suffered dulling of his hearing after 20 years of playing. These problems may have been avoided if the orchestras he played in had tried different layouts or used risers that allowed him to play over the heads of those in front – rather than use them as human sound absorbers! He could also have tried to get used to wearing flat response earplugs so that he could still hear all frequencies.”
Source: https://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/worried.htm#symptoms
If you are worried about your hearing contact Healthscreen today!