Hearing Screening

Occupational deafness is a type of sensorineural hearing loss. It is caused by prolonged ongoing exposure to high level of noise at work. The noise passes through the outer ear, ear canal and ear drum and enters into the middle and inner ears. Too much noise at work can lead to temporary or permanent hearing loss or tinnitus—ringing in the ears. Hearing damage can occur from extended exposure to noise or exposure to very loud impact or explosive sounds. Deafness is irreparable and it is therefore imperative that workers exposed to noise and are required to wear hearing protection are screened at least every two years accordingly to relevant state and territory Noise Regulations.

Audiometry Screening is the process of assessing someone’s ability to be able to hear a range of differing frequencies of sounds. There are two main reasons why an employer must conduct audiometry screening. Firstly, if a potential employee is likely to have exposure to prolonged noise levels within the role E.g. Factory Worker, it is imperative to undertake an audiometry screen to identify their baseline of hearing prior to employment. Secondly, if your employees have an ongoing exposure to noise where hearing protection is required legislative screening every two years is required based on the applicable State or Territory Noise Regulations.

Employers in both Victoria and NSW employers have an obligation to provide audiometry screening to employees who frequently use personal hearing
protection. Both regulations require employers to ensure their applicable staff are assessed within three months of the employee commencing
employment and every two years thereafter. We are able to provide both off site and on site audiometry screening via our mobile soundproofed,
airconditioned audiometry screening van. We operate using accurate, modern, calibrated manual audiometers to ensure the accuracy of the air
conduction screening tests all in accordance with “AS/NZS 1269.4:2005 - Occupational Noise Management - Auditory Assessment”.

Did you know that according to SafeWork Australia:

An average of 4,700 claims are made each year for noise-induced hearing loss;

From 2001–2002 to 2014–15 there were 65,300 accepted claims for deafness in Australia;

Between 28–32% of the Australian workforce is likely to work in an environment where they are exposed to loud noise at work.

16% of claims for noise-induced hearing loss were lodged by automotive and engineering tradespersons;

1,070 claims for noise-induced hearing loss were lodged by males aged 60 to 64 years in 2015;

Noise-related injuries are most common in the manufacturing and construction industries with technicians and trades workers, machinery operators, drivers and labourers most exposed;

In 2007–08 $41 million in workers’ compensation payments were made with an estimated total economic cost of around $240 million.

Between July 2002 and June 2007 there were about 16,500 successful workers compensation claims for industrial deafness involving permanent impairment due to noise.