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Avoiding and Identifying Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the Workplace

Monday, December 7, 2015 6:12:33 PM Australia/Melbourne

On the Hearlink blog you’ve already learned about noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus, a hearing impairment caused by noise-induced hearing loss, frequently in loud work places. This can be incessantly pounding machinery, music at a high volume or high-frequency mechanical engineering, which you may think are just a standard part of your day-to-day life.


Well, there are laws in Australia, and these laws mandate different measures that employees need to take in order to reduce this increasing rate of damage that employees experience as a result of this amplified noise exposure. You can find the Guide for Assessing and Fixing Noise Problems at Work that WorkSafe Victoria in particular product. This is a well-written and succinct guide for all employers that can assist them when meeting these requirements.


If one of your employees has specified that they need hearing protection in order to reduce their noise exposure below the current standard, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide audiometric testing within 90 days of initial hire as well as at least every two years. It is also the responsibility of the employer to be amenable to testing at the employee’s health and safety representative’s request, no matter what the timing, as long as it seems reasonable.


On the flip side, if you’re an employee and if you believe that your current hearing loss has been caused by excessive noise that you experienced in your workplace, it is up to you, and extremely important that you let both your employer and an Occupational Health & Safety officer in a timely manner, preferably as soon as it is identified.


Avoiding and Identifying Noise-Induced Hearing Loss in the WorkplaceHow do you identify this hearing loss and validate the cause behind it? After all, Hearlink customers are professionals in a myriad of industries and sometimes just don’t have the time to spend hours in the audiologist’s office and waiting on results. To this end, there are a number of mobile testing units available for screening programs onsite. These units ensure quick service, and quick results, so that employees can return to regularly scheduled workload as quickly as possible. There have been leaps and bounds in recent years around the capability of these units. Even as their aesthetics simplify and become sleeker, different models of mobile testing units have been configured to provide the following:


  • Audiometric testing
  • Required training and required counseling
  • Otoscopic screenings
  • OSHA noise standard compliance services
  • Immediate results in multiple languages, including English and Spanish
  • Actionable end-of-test-day administrative reports
  • Audiologist review of all “problem audiograms” indicating noise induced hearing loss
  • Web-based tracking reports and trending reports
  • Work-relatedness studies


With the help of these mobile testing units, and the rapid advances in audiology-related science, we can quickly recognize patterns of noise-induced hearing loss. As we see the commonalities in workplaces without standards and best practices in place, we can make this is the first step in communicating standards in the workplace, so that you can do your best work with unimpaired hearing.

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Hearlink Admin