What are Workplace Hearing Tests?

Workplace hearing tests (audiometry) provide a measurement of the sensitivity of a person’s hearing across the full range of speech. The test will measure the quietest sound that can be heard across several points of the speech range. This hearing test is called an audiogram.

Why do I need a hearing test?

Exposure to high levels of noise over a prolonged period of time can lead to Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL). Where there is noise at work, there is a legal duty under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005 to perform a risk assessment and a hearing test for employees exposed to noise above a certain level to help prevent NIHL. As part of a health surveillance programme, workplace hearing tests can help reduce risks, prevent NIHL and help identify if your control measures are working properly. Hearing tests are also part of medicals for roles where a certain level of hearing must be present in order to preserve safety (e.g. on a construction site).

If your employees work in a noisy environment, then we recommend that workplace hearing tests are carried out on all employees as they start working for your company. This will allow us to uncover any existing problems with hearing and identify any individuals who are particularly at risk. We can advise on the most appropriate frequency of ongoing hearing tests depending on the risks of the work performed by your employees.

What happens at a hearing test?

You may be asked to complete a questionnaire to understand any relevant history of hearing loss or conditions that could affect your hearing. Our Occupational Health practitioner will look into your ears to ensure that there is no blockage (e.g. wax) and then you will be asked to complete the hearing loss test, which usually takes approximately 10 minutes. You will be played a series of sounds through headphones and be asked to respond to indicate that you have heard the sound by pressing a button every time you hear a sound, no matter how quiet or faint. The test will be done on one ear and then the other, as the results can be different. You will be provided with information on the risks, preventative measures and types of symptoms that may indicate a problem.

Our team can help you implement an on-site noise health surveillance and a workplace hearing test programme to keep your employees safe and meet your legal obligations.


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