Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to your questions about our services.
Q. What is an audiogram?
A. An audiogram is a graph or table which records an individual’s hearing threshold levels across various test frequencies. Hearing thresholds are measured in decibels (dB) and test frequencies in hertz (Hz). The electronic device used to test hearing is called an audiometer.
Q. What type of test is required by OSHA?
A. OSHA requires that audiometric tests be pure-tone, air-conduction hearing threshold examinations with test frequencies of, as a minimum, 500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, and 6000 Hz. Tests at each frequency are taken separately for each ear.
Q. Who must be tested?
A. Annual hearing testing must be made available to employees whose exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour, time-weighted average (TWA) of 85 dBA.
Q. Who must be trained?
A. Annual hearing conservation training must be administered to employees whose exposures equal or exceed an 8-hour TWA of 85 dBA. Training is to include the effects of noise on hearing, the use and fit of hearing protection devices, and the purpose and procedures of hearing testing.
Q. What is the minimum number of employees needed to test on-site?
A. Audiometric Associates does not require a minimum number of employees to be tested, although a nominal charge for small numbers may apply. By contrast, the cost associated with sending employees to a local clinic can be substantial. Such costs may include lost production time, employee travel time, and questionable availability of the facility to offer OSHA/MSHA required services such as employee hearing conservation training, proper documentation, and appropriate analysis and comparison of test results.
Q. How do you test employees that speak different languages?
A. Audiometrics’ OHCs are able to interview, test, train, and counsel employees in fluent English and Spanish. In addition, test instructions and history forms are available in both languages.
Q. How long does it take to receive a report?
A. Depending on the delivery option selected, an electronic copy is ordinarily emailed within 2-4 business days, or a paper copy is mailed within 5-7 business days. Upon request, management reports can be provided within 24 hours.
Q. How can old audiometric test records be forwarded to your company?
A. Old data is easily transferable electronically to Audiometric Associates.