Noise is perhaps the most common occupational and environmental hazard out there, with an abundant of individuals exposed to potentially harmful sound levels in their workplaces or recreationally. Repeated exposure to noise of 85+ decibels over 8 hours can result in permanent hearing loss. Hearing loss that is caused by exposure to occupational or recreational noise can result in devastating disabilities that can easily be prevented. After age related hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss is the second most common hearing loss. It can be prevented by using hearing protections such as earplugs or earmuffs or even by avoiding environments with high levels of noise exposure. If an individual is exposed to excessive noise throughout their lifetime or even if it is just a one-time incident, they are screened for potential hearing loss. This screening would involve undergoing a full audiological evaluation.
Many provinces require that all workers who are routinely exposed to noise levels in excess of 85 decibels be tested annually. We help your organization develop or fine tune your hearing conservation program. We provide onsite hearing assessments and screenings. As a result of our service your organization will see less downtime for your business and a healthier, safer work environment.
Our services include:
· Pre-employment/Periodic audiometric testing
· Onsite Hearing Clinics
· Custom fit hearing protection
· Sound level surveys
· Educational seminars
· Noise awareness education
· Annual written hearing conservation report
Hearing tests are vital because they identify the beginning of noise-induced hearing loss long before workers notice it. As part of the test, workers are individually counselled about the results, the follow-up required, and when a repeat test will occur. Workers are also counselled about the type of hearing protection to use.
Hearing tests must be conducted annually to effectively monitor the hearing of noise-exposed workers. The hearing test, including counselling, takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes.