Audiometric hearing tests are designed to verify if work-place noise is affecting an employee’s ability to hear and helps ensure that an employee’s hearing is being properly conserved.
Audiometric Hearing Tests
The purpose of an audiometry exam is to test a person’s ability to hear sounds at different frequencies and intensities and to identify if hearing loss has occurred.
Depending on your work environment, it’s possible that sudden or prolonged exposure to loud noise has impacted the functionality of the outer, middle, or inner ear. For example, some workplaces expose workers to very loud noise increasing the chance of hearing loss. Because of the increased risk, employers are required to participate in a hearing conservation program for their workers who are routinely exposed to noise equal to, or greater than 85 decibels. These hearing tests are required as part of a pre-employment evaluation, annually, and when employment with the company ends. Akeso providers review the hearing tests and if a change from baseline occurs, referral to an audiologist is required.