Industrial Hearing Screenings
Individuals who work in high level noise are the most susceptible to developing hearing loss and tinnitus sooner than later. Age-related hearing loss occurs naturally over time, but occupational noise exposure speeds this process up, putting men and women at risk for developing early-onset hearing loss and/or tinnitus.
As providers of high-quality hearing healthcare, Hearing Evaluation Services (HES) aims to help those affected by hearing loss and those at risk of hearing loss. Industrial hearing screenings offer annual hearing checks for workers who are regularly exposed to harmful levels of noise in their work environment. HES’s goal in providing these OSHA-mandated screenings is to determine whether occupational noise exposure is having a detrimental effect on an employee’s hearing ability over time.
Industrial hearing screenings are useful for hunters, law enforcement officers, construction workers, factory workers, woodworkers, machinists, and many other individuals who participate in loud activities occupationally or recreationally. If you work in noise, it is time to start being proactive about protecting your hearing. Please Contact Us for a consultation about custom hearing protection.
HES offers three industrial testing options that can be used for both baseline and annual hearing testing.
Hearing Evaluation Services has three testing options for consideration:
- On-Site Trailer: A mobile test trailer equipped with two sound booths and a small waiting area. Recommended for larger companies where a lot of employees require testing.
- On-Site Single Sound Booth: The sound booth requires a relatively quiet area, and can be set up in a conference room, exercise area, or any available room the business facility has to offer.
- Hearing Evaluation Services: Employees can come to our Amherst or Orchard Park locations. This is recommended for smaller businesses interested in eliminating the transportation fee for the mobile unit.
An audiologist or a Certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist (CAOHC) conducts all testing. Otoscopy is completed for every employee. This helps eliminate unnecessary entries in the OSHA log that may be attributed to earwax. In all conditions the noise levels are monitored to ensure that the test environment is acceptable.
Hearing Conservation Program
At Hearing Evaluation Services (HES), we are committed to protecting the hearing of the community. Our Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) is designed for companies where employees are exposed to loud noise on a regular basis. This service complies fully with the OSHA occupational noise standards and will help you establish and maintain a hearing conservation program so that your company will be 100% compliant and avoid penalties and fines.
We monitor workers’ hearing on an annual basis to determine whether occupational noise exposure is having a detrimental effect on employees’ hearing. An initial evaluation establishes the employee’s baseline hearing levels, and subsequent testing is performed to show any shifts in hearing over time. These results may indicate the need for a complete hearing evaluation.
HCP Educational Component
In addition to monitoring the hearing of employees, educational training as mandated by OSHA is also available. If you are exposed to high levels of noise, it is important that hearing protection is used and that hearing is monitored to ensure that hearing levels are not changing.
If you are in need of the educational training portion of the Hearing Conservation Program, this service can be provided for an individual or in a group setting. There is an additional fee for this service. The educational session includes a presentation that reviews the importance of an HCP, the use and selection of hearing protection, and the dangers of noise exposure.
For further information, Contact Us for an Industrial packet by mail, which includes:
- Our current fee schedule
- Informative brochures on OSHA regulations and Compliance, Selecting a Provider, Selecting Hearing Protection and Fitting Hearing Protection
- “How To Look At Noise” from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as well as a comprehensive list of common hearing loss and HCP terms
- Examples of report and employee notification of test results
- Scheduling template
OSHA Regulations and Compliance
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) occupational noise exposure standard and hearing conservation amendment 29CFR 1910.95 require employers to establish and maintain a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) for all employees whose noise exposure equals or exceeds an 8-hour time-weighted average sound level (TWA) of 85 dBA. Your company can achieve compliance by following a few relatively simple steps:
- Assess Risk of Exposure: Noise exposure monitoring, or noise measurement, is required to determine which workers are at risk for excessive exposure to noise. It is important that monitoring take into account anything the worker may do during the workday that can contribute to his/her overall noise level. Workers must be enrolled in a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP), at no cost to them when any of the following working conditions are present:
- Noise exposure is 85 dBA (action level) or greater, averaged over an 8-hour workday (TWA).
- Maximum sound level is 115 dBA or greater.
- Peak (impact) noise levels are 140 dBA or greater.
- Test Hearing: Each worker in the HCP area must get a baseline audiogram within six months of starting work. This will determine how well he/she hears before exposure to on-site noise. The worker will undergo an annual audiogram throughout his or her employment, with the most recent test results compared to the baseline to check for changes.
- Hearing Protection Devices (HPD): The employer must offer a variety of HPDs at no cost to the worker, and replace them as necessary.
- Training: Workers in HCP must receive annual training in the effects of noise on hearing, HPD usage (purpose, use, care, applicability, advantages selection, fitting and noise reduction values), the importance of hearing tests, and the testing procedure.
- Noise Controls: The Hearing Conservation Amendment requires the implementation of feasible engineering and/or administrative controls where exposures exceed 90 dBA TWA.