Occupational audiometry

The Occupational Audiometry assessment is an effective indication of the impact of a workplace on an employee's hearing. Audiometry tests are carried out by certified testers meeting the Australian Standards and Queensland Code of Practice for Audiometry Testing.  To ensure our tests are being performed to the highest quality a listening check & subjective calibration register is completed daily as well as having the Audiometry Booth regularly calibrated and assessed in accordance to the requirements of the Australian Standard AS/NZS 1269.4. 

 

There are 3 different types of test

  1. Standard test - Standard Audiometry is performed.
  2. Reference test - The hearing test results will be used to record a base line for the candidate/employer
  3. Monitoring test - The hearing test is usually done every 12 months to 2 years depending on the work place. This test is to monitor possible hearing loss in the work place.

The person whose hearing is being tested listens to sounds transmitted by the certified tester and presses a button to signal when they have heard something. During a hearing test, the certified tester will play different frequencies of sound at very low intensities. Then, they will gradually increase these levels until the sound is audible. At this point, they will note the loudness at which the sound is audible and then test another frequency of sound.

 

The candidate will be asked the following questions prior to the test.

  • Have you been exposed to loud noise or music? (16 hours of quiet, less than 80db)
  • Do you have any problems with your ears or hearing?
  • Do you have any ringing or other sounds in your ears or head that last for more than 1 minute?
  • Do you hear better in one ear than the other?
  • Do you have a cold or any other condition at the moment that may be affecting your hearing?

 

The candidate’s ears will be checked to ensure the hearing test can proceed. If there is a medical condition i.e. discharge from the ear the test will need to be postponed.

 

 


Frequently Asked Question's (FAQ's):

How do I make an appointment?

You can make an appointment by contacting our administrative team on (07) 5574 5792.

Can this be done with a pre-employment?

Yes, it is common for our clients to request one of the 3 types of audiometric testing to be apart of their pre-employment. 

is there anything I must do before my appointment?

Yes, please limit exposure to any loud noises for 16 hours before you appointment. Please ensure you bring hearing aids with you if applicable.