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Industrial Hearing Testing

There is a lot of noise pollution out in the world, but in industrial settings it can be much worst. People who work in certain industries, such as construction, entertainment, or factory environments, can lead to damage in the inner ears. The more frequent the exposure, the bigger the risk.

The best defense against hearing loss, as well as conditions such as tinnitus, is wearing ear plugs during work hours when exposed to loud noises. Frequent hearing tests are another important part of evaluating damage early, so it can be corrected before issues become chronic.

Hearing Tests For Industrial Workers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has mandated that all companies with employees exposed to sounds of 85 dB or higher be required to receive regular hearing exams. These examinations test hearing levels over time, and discover patterns of loss that could be an indication of sound related damage. They also address tinnitus, a ringing in the ears that can be very frustrating for sufferers.

Programs designs to reduce incidents of hearing damage, which include these tests and proper employee/management training can go a long way towards ensuring the safety of everyone on an industrial site.

The Importance Of Hearing Conservation Programs For Industrial Workers

Hearing conservation programs are not only a good idea, they are required by OSHA in order to meet basic safety standards for employees. Some companies will work to create their own program, establishing a training day for industrial workers and providing the tools (such as ear plugs) necessary to protect their ears.

Unfortunately, not all of these programs meet all guidelines set by OSHA, and so lead to hefty fines for the company. That is why many businesses have opted to hire professional trainers who are well versed in the safety regulations, who will come in and conduct safety training on their behalf.

These hearing conservation management groups are not just there to teach you the ropes. They also offer audiologists and hearing specialists on staff, along with portable testing units. They can conduct hearing examinations and catch possible problems early, so they can go on record right away.

When selecting a third party group to conduct this safety training, make sure you choose someone licensed by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). They are fully qualified to conduct exams, which are specifically meant for industrial workers.

What Happens When a Problem Is Found

It is quite possible that an employee (or several) will discover a hearing issue during these examinations. These problems could have developed while at your company, or from another source. The earlier it is caught, the better off the employee (and your business) will be.

If a problem is diagnosed, the team hired will not treat the condition. Instead they will refer them to an audiologist or hearing specialist that can begin forming a treatment plan outside of work. The training team is there to teach your employees proper safety, not act as doctors.

For the company itself, a noise audit may be necessary, especially if any employees have been found to suffer from a hearing impairment. Hearing conservationists are not qualified to conduct this audit; you will need to hire a professional who specializes in that field.

Find out more about keeping your employees safe by visiting Hearing Doctors.