An Audiometry Test is a simple hearing test and forms part of the health surveillance ‘duty of care’ requirement of employers and determines threshold responses of staff members hearing.
These hearing tests can also measure the ability to discriminate between different sounds, recognise alarms , or distinguish speech from background noise.
The results gleaned from an Audiometry Test and the subsequent investigations can be used to diagnose hearing loss or diseases of the ear.
Noise-induced hearing loss is preventable.
The presence of potentially hazardous levels of noise is a fact of life in the modern workplace. Minimizing the risk of both employees and employers is therefore of paramount importance.
The HSE Control of Noise at Work Regulations (2005) state “If the risk assessment indicates that there is a risk to the health of employees who are, or are liable to be, exposed to noise, the employer shall ensure that such employees are placed under suitable health surveillance, which shall include testing of their hearing.”