Auditory Physical Exam

OSHA regulates Audiometric Test for workers that work in loud circumstances.

What is Auditory Physical Exam?

The purpose of this exam is to measure how well a patient’s hearing works. The audiometry test is to examine both the intensity and the tone of sounds, balance issues, and other items related to the function of the inner ear. A doctor, who specializes in diagnosing and treating hearing loss called an audiologist, administers the test. OSHA’s noise standard requires that audiometric testing be made available to all employees whose exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour time-weighted average of 85 dBA. On the other hand, the standard does not prohibit an employer from having a company rule that employees submit to audiometric testing.

How is the Auditory Physical Exam performed at SNOHC?

An employee working in a noisy environment can have their audiometry testing at SNOHC safely.
By OSHA regulations, you need to be noise-free for at least 14 hours before the test. The entire process would take about 30 minutes, and it’s painless. Most adults who get hearing tests are asked to wear earphones and listen to short tones that are played at different volumes and pitches into one ear at a time. Finally, audiometry is a test that measures the softest sound you can hear at different pitches. SNOHC physicians identify, assess, diagnose, and treat clients with impairment of either peripheral or central auditory, vestibular function. At SNOHC, we offer a comprehensive hearing evaluation in compliance with the OSHA Hearing Conservation Program requirement, including Standard Threshold Shift (STS).
Unlike a toothache, there is no physical sign to show that hearing loss is happening. Since hearing loss typically declines gradually, most people take their hearing for granted until they start to notice a problem.
So it is important to include a complete diagnostic hearing evaluation in the annual physical routine.
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