Audiometric testing is an evaluation of a person’s ability to hear. In order to understand whether a worker’s hearing is being impaired as a result of job-related activities, we recommend performing baseline testing prior to employment, followed by periodic testing every 12 months.
Occupational hearing loss is one of the leading causes of work-related disorders. Hearing loss happens over long periods of time; therefore, workers often fail to notice changes until a significant change occurs. Early detection of hearing loss is possible when annual audiometric testing is completed as a protective measure.
Employers of workers who are noise-exposed are required to implement a hearing conservation program which consists of:
Sound level monitoring
Baseline and periodic audiometric testing
Referral to a hearing professional, if required
Provisioning of appropriate hearing protection
SureHire’s audiometric testing program helps employers and industry associations comply with Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation by ensuring that audiometric tests are valid. We use standardized equipment and protocols across the country, and reviews are completed by certified technicians. Referrals are made to hearing professionals when required.
SureHire’s national network of audiometric testing facilities, as well as its mobile audiometric testing fleet, removes many of the logistical issues around testing. The network also allows for a seamless addition of audiometric testing to an employer’s pre-employment testing program to record a baseline value before the first day of work.
SureWire, our centralized results database, notifies companies when an employee is due for a annual periodic audiometric exam. The results are kept secure and easily accessible. They are compared to previous records, and referrals are sent out if required.
SureAudio is our industry association database that allows an employer to screen their list of transient workers to determine:
Which workers do not require testing as they were recently tested with a different employer.
Which workers have never been tested.
Which workers have previously been tested but are now due for a periodic audio test.
SureAudio allows employers to monitor workers’ hearing even in a transient workforce.
“Occupational hearing loss is one of the leading causes of work-related disorders”. (Worksafe Alberta, January 2008)
Audiometric testing is an evaluation of a person’s ability to hear.
In order to understand whether a worker’s hearing is being impaired as a result of job related activities, SureHire recommends performing baseline testing prior to employment, followed by periodic testing every 12 months.
Audiometric Testing Benefits:
It protects employers by defining a benchmark prior to hire.
It provides early identification of hearing loss and promotes early intervention by comparing yearly test results.
It enables quicker access for workers to hearing professionals (if necessary) through the SureHire abnormal audio referral system.
It protects employers by providing evidence if a hearing loss claim is filed with WCB.
Due to legislation, transient workers who do not remain employed with the same employer for long periods of time often do not receive a baseline audiometric test, and it is very rare to receive a yearly periodic test that would identify abnormal hearing shifts.
To alleviate this problem, SureHire created SureAudio. SureAudio is a centralized audiometric database for the construction industry.
This database allows workers to be tracked as individuals and not associated with a single employer, ensuring that the worker receives the required testing, education, interpretation, and referrals.
Employers are protected by having independent documentation of workers being hired with pre-existing noise induced hearing loss and can save money by reducing unnecessary onsite testing, which reduces productivity.
For employers, when you join SureAudio, your previous audiometric testing records can be uploaded into the database. The more companies that join, the safer the workforce.
The current SureAudio database contains approximately 14,000 construction workers.