Industrial Hearing Testing
Hearing damage is a real and unfortunate effect of long-term exposure to loud noise. Noise is a hazard of industrial workers and workers of any occupation who are repeatedly exposed to loud noise.
Hearing damage from noise is fully preventable when the right precautions are taken from the start. Regular hearing tests to evaluate any early signs of hearing loss, as well as everyday preventative measures such as the use of ear plugs go a long way toward prevention of permanent hearing loss.
Industrial Hearing Test Requirements
Organizations such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have enacted requirements and procedures for hearing conservation in an effort to standardize hearing safety practices and reduce the incidence of preventable hearing damage. Some states also have their own guidelines, as well as the Department of Defense.
In most cases, OSHA requires that employees who are exposed to a time weighted average (TWA) of 85 dB be part of a hearing conservation program which includes hearing testing and employee training. Industrial manufacturers are also required to report evaluation results. Official hearing conservation standards are listed in OSHA CFR 29 1910.95 & MSHA Part 62.
Industrial Hearing Conservation Programs
Do you know failure to test and/or report noise exposure levels and the impact on employees can cost companies thousands in legal fees and federal fines? At Helton Hearing Care, we offer an industrial hearing testing program to different companies, including government agencies. Our state-of-the-art equipment and testing suites are annually calibrated to meet the national standard. Our industrial hearing test is performed by an audiologist assistant who is certified by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) and is supervised by a doctor of audiology.
Our CAOHC certified audiologist assistant is trained to detect possible indications of early hearing loss as well as provide training for your employees. The training is very specific to occupational settings only and is not applicable in non-occupational practices. If a possible hearing problem is detected, our technician will refer your employee for further tests by our doctors of audiology.
Basic education and training for employees may include how to properly fit and wear hearing protection devices. Some employees may require more sophisticated and customized hearing protection. Environmental modifications on the part of the employer may also be in order.
Hearing evaluations are an important part of keeping industrial working environments safe for employees. We recommend that each company needs to find industrial hearing testing solutions that work for them.
If your agency needs to to set up the industrial hearing test, give us a call today at (406) 586-0914. We can accommodate a large group of your employees and get the testing done in a timely manner.
Samantha Sabanos, B.S.
COHC Certified Audiologist Assistant
- Registered Audiologist Assistant by Board of Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists, Montana
- COHC Certified
Sam was born and raised in Austin, Texas where she learned to love the outdoors, spicy food, and Deaf culture. She studied American Sign Language as her foreign language in both high school and college. It was in her high school sign language class that she learned about audiology as a career possibility and immediately knew it was perfect for her.
Upon graduating from the University of Texas with her bachelor’s degree in audiology, her wanderlust brought her to Colorado to explore the Rocky Mountains. After spending a few years there she realized that she wanted more mountains and less people so she set her sights on Montana.
Sam moved to Bozeman when she joined AmeriCorps and served for one year with a non-profit that helps provide education resources for tribal communities. It only took a couple of weeks in Bozeman for her to decide this was a place she wanted to stay for a long time.
Sam was thrilled to find her place at Helton Hearing and got back in the audiology field caring for patients and learning about hearing technology. She has since completed her COHC certification to perform industrial hearing tests.
Sam likes to spend her free time with her dog exploring the national and state parks nearby. They enjoy camping, hiking, rafting and stand up paddle-boarding among many other things.