Audiometry

Audiometry is an assessment of hearing ability (hearing test) used to detect signs of hearing loss as a potential result of noise exposure at work.

Working with Hobson Health will allow you to:

  • comply with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005);
  • fulfil your hearing protection/noise reduction programme;
  • detect any early noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) amongst your employees; and
  • reduce the risk of civil claims for noise induced hearing loss.

We provide a complete audiometry service including reporting, trend analysis and follow up. We have soundproofed audiometry booths at our offices or can carry out mobile screening on your site.

For more information, or to book an appointment, please contact us on 01782 574200.

Useful links:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/noise/healthsurveillance.htm

Why is it needed?

  • To comply with The Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005).
  • To fulfil the employer’s hearing protection /noise reduction programme.
  • To detect any early noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) to enable a review of risk assessments and for remedial measures such as re-training to be taken.
  • To reduce the risk of civil claims for noise induced hearing loss

Who needs it?

  • All employees working in noisy areas, as identified by risk assessment.
  • Employees regularly working above the upper exposure action value, 85dB(A).
  • Employees regularly working above the lower exposure action value, 80dB(A).
  • Employees that have additional risk factors, such as existing hearing loss.
  • Where good hearing is considered essential to an individuals or others’ role health and safety.

If in doubt, we recommend that customers commission an occupational hygienist to measure workplace noise levels.

How frequently do I need to be tested?

  • A baseline audiometry test is recommended before moving into employment within a noise zone. 
  • Annual review for the next 2 years, then 3 yearly.
  • Younger workers may need screening every six months.
  • More frequent testing may be needed for anyone with pre-existing hearing loss or exhibiting significant changes

What is the process?

  • Employers can make an audiometry appointment at a Hobson Health clinic, on site (if on site a very quiet private room should be provided) or within our mobile screening unit.
  • For the most accurate results, at least 48 hours away from work or loud noise is needed.
  • Audiometry will be completed by a screening nurse or occupational health advisor.
  • A questionnaire with relevant noise exposure history will be completed, along with an ear examination.
  • If the employee has an infection or significant ear wax a follow up repeat test may be required.
  • The hearing test involves wearing ear muffs and is linked to a computerised audiometer.
  • The results will be compared with any previous audiometry results.
  • Results will be discussed with the employee who will be advised about any recommended hearing protection and warned in the event of hearing loss. 
  • Where there is any concern about the results, they will be discussed with a Hobson Health Physician and a referral to the employee’s GP may be required. 
  • A report will be sent to the employer for their records indicating any concerns and a review date.
  • Hobson Health’s proactive recall programme helps clients to maintain schedules.