Audiometry testing should be carried out when employees are exposed to high levels of noise that can cause temporary or even permanent hearing problems. Preventing hearing loss is possible through compliance with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005.
What is audiometry testing?
An Audiometry test evaluates the hearing function in terms of tone, balance and overall sound intensity. The examination primarily focuses upon the functioning of the inner ear.
What’s involved with an audiometry test?
Our qualified team use a combination of static noise testing and personal dose monitoring to get a factual record of noise exposure. We interview employees whilst taking the tests to understand their current personal daily noise levels. You will be provided with a noise survey report and will work with you to fully understand the results and what actions are needed to protect your employees.
Baseline hearing tests should be carried out as soon as possible. Followed by annual hearing tests for 2 years. Thereafter, tests can be carried out 3 yearly if the tests are showing stable.
Tests usually take around 30 minutes. Where there are hearing problems identified, it may take longer to complete the test.
Why is audiometry done?
An audiometry exam can determine whether someone is suffering from sensorineural hearing loss (nerve or cochlea damage) or conductive hearing loss (ear drum or ossicle bone damage).
Hearing loss commonly results from:
- Chronic ear infections
- Birth defects
- Damage to the ear drum or inner ear
- Exposure to loud noises on a regular basis
- Inner ear diseases
- Inherited conditions
At Peritus we can help you check your staff before they start working for you to make sure they have no hearing problems. We can take moulds from your employee’s ears to provide them with protection. It is a silicone rubber moulding which is moulded to each individual concha bowl and ear canal. A custom made, soft, medical-grade silicone rubber ear defender, which is extremely comfortable and therefore ideal for day-long wear.
Get in touch
If you are worried about exposure to high levels of noise and would like to carry out audiometry tests on your workforce, request a consultation / 01484 722 444 with our dedicated team. We will answer any questions you may have. And we have a fleet of mobile screening vans that can come on site to carry out the tests.