Reference audiometric testing, also known as baseline audiometry are hearing tests to document and establish a person’s hearing.
The reference audiometry is generally conducted prior to or just after employment with the company, usually within 3 months. This testing is conducted to then compare subsequent audiometric testing results to determine if the companies worker has developed significant hearing loss.
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Assessment of Reference Audiometric Test Results
The test results of the Audiometric testing are to be compared with the National Acoustics Laboratories (NAL) document NAL 80, Tables 1 and Figure 1. If the results fall outside the normal limits then the worker should be advised to seek further assessment from a medical practitioner such as a General Practitioner (GP) to potentially obtain a reference to an audiologist.
Monitoring audiometric testing is then recommended at least once every two years to then assess any changes in the baseline audiometric test results, which may indicate either temporary or permanent hearing loss.
Safe Environments provide onsite Audiometric testing with mobile units to asses workplace hearing health throughout Sydney and NSW. Please contact us for more information on 02 9621 3706 or please fill out the form below
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