Workplace audiometric assessments involve audiometric screening of employees, and audiometric screeners play a key role. Audiometry screening is critical for safeguarding employees exposed to loud or high-frequency noises as part of their job.
A hearing test assesses a person’s ability to hear sounds of varying pitch and loudness.
Below are certain signs when one should opt for an audiometric screening include:
- Tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
- On receiving complaints about speaking loudly.
- On asking others to repeat what they have said.
- Difficulty in hearing discussions, especially when there is background noise.
- Watching television on full volume.
An audiometric screener is a professional who conducts basic hearing screenings. These screenings are typically conducted in workplaces, schools, community health events, or other settings where a quick assessment of hearing ability is required.
Key Responsibilities of an Audiometric Screener
The primary responsibilities of an audiometric screener or an audiometrist include:
Audiometric screeners perform simple hearing tests, often using automated equipment, to identify individuals who may have potential hearing problems. These screenings are meant to be a preliminary step to identify those who need further evaluation by an audiologist.
If an individual does not pass the hearing screening, the audiometric screener would recommend that the individual see their doctor or an Audiologist.
Basic Record Keeping:
Audiometric screeners typically maintain basic records of the screenings they perform, including results and any necessary follow-up actions.
Although an audiometric screener’s role is limited to conducting basic hearing screenings and identifying potential issues, an audiologist has a broader scope of practice, involving in-depth evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of various hearing and balance disorders.
Qualifications and Requirements for an Audiometric Screener:
In Australia, the qualifications essential to become an audiometric screener can vary depending on the type of job and employer.
Australian Standard AS 1269.4-2014 Occupational Noise Management – Auditory assessment in Appendix D lists the following requirements as the competency requirements for Audiometric Screeners.
A person equipped with the knowledge and skills to conduct audiometric screenings, analyse results and prepare reports that shall help business owners and employees take effective measures to overcome noise hearing issues and exposure to high levels of noise.
An audiometric screener should have the following capabilities:
1) Excellent understanding of the objectives of an audiometric test in the context of noise management.
2) The fundamentals of sound physics.
3) The correct usage and limitations of audiometers and booths.
4) The fundamental physiology and anatomy of the auditory system
5) The fundamental hearing mechanism.
6) Understanding of an audiogram and its relevance to the detection and comprehension of human speech.
7) Noise-induced hearing loss, cause, its patterns, and prevention measures.
8) Correct headphone positioning and test subject instruction.
9) Appropriate audiometric test technique
10) Steps to record results of an audiometric test
11) Basic audiometric test result interpretation, as well as how to explain results to the test participant.
12) When to notify a test subject that he or she needs audiological, medical, or rehabilitation services.
13) The proper selection, application, and limitations of personal hearing protectors.
14) Well-verse with the AS/NZ 1269.3 Standard and NAL 80.
15) Requirements of applicable legislation pertaining to audiometry in workplace noise management, notably those pertaining to the confidentiality of audiograms.
16) Knowledge of ototoxic agents.
How Can Anitech’s Audiometric Consultants Help?
Anitech’s audiometric screeners are trained to meet the requirements outlined in Australian Standard AS 1269.4-2014 Occupational Noise Management – Auditory Assessment.
They can help businesses with the following services:
- Prepare and implement hearing conservation programs.
- Conduct workplace noise assessments.
- Ensuring adherence and compliance with noise exposure regulations and standards.
- Training and educating employees on hearing protection.
- Suggest suitable hearing protection measures.
- Study audiometric test data to observe noise-level trends.
- Collaborate with occupational health professionals.
- Providing tailored solutions to suit organisational requirements.
- Continuously enhancing hearing conservation strategies.
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