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Audiometric Testing

Hearing loss is common on work sites where impact noise and excessive noise exposure exists. Hearing loss due to excessive noise exposure can be hard to detect, as the loss is gradual and is usually not recognized by the worker until their ability to communicate with others is affected. Early detection of hearing loss can be accomplished through annual testing of your workforce.

Our expansive network of audiometric testing facilities, as well as our mobile audiometric testing fleet, are available across Canada, removing many of the logistical issues around testing and allowing for a seamless addition of audiometric testing to your company's pre-employment testing program.

Testing a new hire's hearing capabilities before the first day of work will provide a baseline to catch and monitor any changes or abnormalities that may have developed between yearly check-ups. SureLink, our results database, notifies companies when an employee is due for a annual periodic audiometric test. Results will be compared, allowing for the detection of any changes to hearing ability over time.

Different Test Types

SureHire uses an audiometer to complete audiometric testing. An audiometer is a screening device designed primarily for use in determining hearing threshold levels in comparison with standard reference threshold levels. Changes in results between tests can detect shifts in hearing acuity.

In order to understand whether a worker’s hearing is being impaired as a result of job related activities, SureHire recommends performing baseline testing prior to employment, followed by periodic testing every 12 months.

Understanding the Results

SureHire's Audiometric Testing will record the subject’s current threshold, which may be affected from day to day by noise exposure, colds, sinus infections, or other problems. Those with abnormal results will receive a letter containing follow-up recommendations from our audiologist once a thorough review has been completed.

Along with their testing results, SureHire will enter the employee's audiometric history, previous and current noise exposure, and any relevant medical conditions into our centralized online results database. If the worker has previous audiometric testing records they will be automatically linked and a periodic comparison will be completed.

Certified Technicians

We are the designated service provider for the Industrial Audiometric Testing Program (a.k.a. SureAudio) that is operated by CLR & ECAA. For further information on this program, please contact your Account Representative.

“Occupational hearing loss is one of the leading causes of work-related disorders”. (Worksafe Alberta, January 2008)

We are the designated service provider foEmployers of workers who are exposed to noise are required to implement a hearing conservation program, which consists of:

  • Sound level monitoring
  • Baseline and periodic audiometric testing
  • Worker education
  • Referral to a hearing professional, if required
  • Medical surveillance
  • Provisioning of appropriate hearing protection

SureHire’s Audiometric Testing Program helps employers comply with Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) legislation. We use standardized equipment and protocols across the country, and our testing is completed by certified technicians. SureHire's certified audiologist reviews results and completes follow-up with workers as required.

By incorporating audiometric testing in your company's hiring process, you will be able to define a benchmark for each employee's hearing ability. This will give you the ability to diagnose cases of hearing loss and promote early intervention through the comparison of annual follow-up testing results and can further assist with the evaluation of your Noise Management Program.r the Industrial Audiometric Testing Program (a.k.a. SureAudio) that is operated by CLR & ECAA.  For further information on this program, please contact your Account Representative.

Legal Implications

According to OHS legislation, it is the responsibility of the employer to help protect employees from work-related hearing loss and to inform employees of the hearing-related hazards that they may be exposed to at the job site. Failure to provide a hearing conservation program in your workplace may result in fines and legal action.

How it Works

BOOKING

SureHire representatives are available both by phone and online to discuss how audiometric testing can be incorporated into your company's HSE program.

TURNAROUND

All audiometric testing results will be posted into SureLink, by 8:00 pm MST on the same business day as testing. Once the result is posted, an email notification will be sent out to the appropriate individual(s).

FAQ

CAN EMPLOYEES USE AUDIO RESULTS FROM THEIR LAST APPOINTMENT?

No. Due to OH&S regulations, previous test results cannot be recycled. For each new company that a worker is employed with, a baseline test must be completed within 6 months of employment. Results are not transferrable from one company to another.

IS AN ABNORMAL AUDIO RESULT A FAIL?

No. However, SureHire will provide employees with a referral number that they can call to get a certified professional to determine the cause of their abnormal results.

Pre-employment Audiometric Testing will determine a baseline evaluation of your overall hearing health. Annual monitoring can help to detect any changes to your hearing that may have occurred, and early detection is key in preventing any further damage from taking place.

What to Expect

Upon entering the facility, you will first be required to present some form of government-issued photo identification when you come in for your appointment. If you are coming in for a private appointment, payment must be made via credit card while booking your appointment over the phone. You may also have the option to pay via credit card at any Power Centre facility in Alberta only.

Once your ID is verified, you will receive paperwork to fill out. This paperwork includes an authorization allowing SureHire to perform the test and provide the results to your employer/potential employer. If you are coming in for a private test, the form will have a spot where you can indicate where you would like the results to be sent.

Once your paperwork is submitted, you must not leave the testing facility until testing is complete. If you choose to leave the testing facility, it will be indicated as a refusal to test and considered a fail.

An audiometry evaluation is a painless, noninvasive hearing test that measures a person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches, or frequencies. A pure tone audiometry test measures the softest, or least audible, sound that a person can hear. During the test, you will wear earphones and hear a range of sounds directed to one ear at a time.

From start to finish, the test should only take around 5-10 minutes.

Those with abnormal results will receive a letter containing follow-up recommendations from our audiologist once a thorough review has been completed.

Know Your Rights

It is the duty of your employer to help protect the quality of your hearing and to inform you of the hazards you may be exposed to at work. Participation in an annual Audiometric Testing Program can be a vital tool in the early detection of any changes to your hearing.

You can help protect yourself by ensuring that you are wearing the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) including ear protective equipment that fits properly and is appropriate for your level of noise exposure.


FAQ

WHAT DOES THE MACHINE DO?

The Audiometer was designed primarily for use in determining hearing threshold levels in comparison with standard reference threshold levels. The Audiometer is a screening device that will allow the operator to screen employees for shifts in hearing acuity.The Audiometer is used to record the subject’s current threshold, which may be affected from day to day by noise exposure, colds, sinus infections, or other problems.


WHAT IS CONSIDERED TO BE A NORMAL HEARING RANGE?

The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (dB).

  • A whisper is about 20 dB
  • Loud music ranges 80-120 dB
  • A jet engine is about 180 dB.

The tone of sound is measured in frequencies (Hz). Low bass tones range 50-60 Hz, high-pitched tones range 10,000 Hz or higher. Normal hearing range is 250-8,000 Hz at 25 dB or lower.


ARE THE TONES LOUD?

No, audiometric testing is painless. A pure tone audiometry test measures the softest, or least audible, sound that a person can hear. During the test, you will wear earphones and hear a range of sounds directed to one ear at a time to determine your hearing threshold.


CAN I WEAR MY HEARING AIDS DURING THE TEST?

No. According to regulations, no accessories may be worn during the test that will amplify the tones being presented. Your test results must report your hearing thresholds without the use of hearing aids.


WILL SOMEBODY BE EXPLAINING THE RESULTS OF MY AUDIOMETRIC TEST?

Yes. After the exam, a tester will write the results on an audio card that you will take with you. They will explain the results and answer any questions you may have. You will also receive an information pamphlet containing additional information about your test results, as well as SureHire’s contact information should you have any additional questions or concerns.


IS AN ABNORMAL AUDIO RESULT A FAIL?

No. However, we will give you a referral number that you can call to get a certified professional to determine the cause of your abnormal results.


CAN YOU USE MY AUDIO RESULTS FROM MY LAST APPOINTMENT?

No. Due to OH&S regulations, previous test results cannot be recycled. For each new company that a worker is employed with, a baseline test must be completed within 6 months of employment. Results are not transferrable from one company to another.

FAQ

What is the testing process?

The worker fills out a consent form and an audiometric history form detailing their hearing history, previous and current noise exposure, and any relevant medical conditions. Following test completion, all information is entered into SureHire’s centralized online results database. If the worker has previous audiometric testing records they will be automatically linked and a periodic comparison will be completed. 

Those with abnormal results will receive a letter containing follow-up recommendations from our audiologist once a thorough review has been completed.  

What does the machine do?

The Audiometer was designed primarily for use in determining hearing threshold levels in comparison with standard reference threshold levels. The Audiometer is a screening device that will allow the operator to screen employees for shifts in hearing acuity.The Audiometer is used to record the subject’s current threshold, which may be affected from day to day by noise exposure, colds, sinus infections, or other problems.

Can you use my audio results from my last appointment?

No. Due to OH&S regulations, previous test results cannot be recycled. For each new company that a worker is employed with, a baseline test must be completed within 6 months of employment. Results are not transferrable from one company to another.

Is an abnormal audio result a fail?

No. However, we will give you a referral number that you can call to get a certified professional to determine the cause of your abnormal results.

How long does this test take?

From start to finish, the test should be around 5-10 minutes

Are the tones loud?

An audiometry evaluation is a painless, noninvasive hearing test that measures a person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches, or frequencies. A pure tone audiometry test measures the softest, or least audible, sound that a person can hear. During the test, you will wear earphones and hear a range of sounds directed to one ear at a time. The loudness of sound is measured in decibels (dB).

  • A whisper is about 20 dB
  • Loud music ranges 80-120 dB
  • A jet engine is about 180 dB.

The tone of sound is measured in frequencies (Hz). Low bass tones range 50-60 Hz, high-pitched tones range 10,000 Hz or higher. Normal hearing range is 250-8,000 Hz at 25 dB or lower

Can I wear my hearing aids during the test?

No. According to regulations, no accessories may be worn during the test that will amplify the tones being presented. Your test results must report your hearing thresholds without the use of hearing aids.

Will somebody be explaining the results of my audiometric test?

Yes. After the exam, a tester will write the results on an audio card that you will take with you. They will explain the results and answer any questions you may have. You will also receive an information pamphlet containing additional information about your test results, as well as SureHire’s contact information should you have any additional questions or concerns.

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