Preventing hearing loss is the most important part of a hearing conservation program. Employers should test new employees before any exposure at or above action level. This will provide a valid baseline audiogram for comparison in subsequent tests.
After completing the baseline audiogram, employers must provide audiometric testing annually for each employee whose exposure is at or above the action level.
What is audiometry?
Hearing loss is not only a problem for aged people. People subjected to loud environments or higher than normal levels of noise for long periods of time can also experience hearing loss.
One way to test for hearing loss is through the use of audiometry.
An audiometry exam tests how well your hearing functions. An audiometer tests the intensity and the tone of sounds. The exam also tests for balance issues and issues that could relate to the inner ear.
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