Hearing Screening

Proactively manage hearing risk

Each year, approximately 4,700 claims are made for noise induced hearing loss. Occupational deafness is unfortunately common, but it is preventable. Hearing screenings are a critical step in protecting your employees.

Hearing screenings test an individual’s ability to hear sounds at varying frequencies. For employees working in loud environments, a hearing assessment must be conducted within three months of employment. This is helpful to establish a baseline level of hearing health that you can monitor over the years.

Noise regulations then dictate that hearing assessments must be conducted every two years throughout the individual’s employment. Auditory screenings with Employer & Disability Health Solutions are a simple way to fulfill these obligations while caring for your employee’s long term hearing health.

We conduct hearing screenings both onsite and offsite via our mobile, soundproof audiometry screening van. Our team uses calibrated audiometers in accordance with “AS/NZS 1269.4:2005 – Occupational Noise Management – Auditory Assessment”. We will work with you to determine your level of risk and implement appropriate mitigation measures.

Occupational deafness, whether temporary or permanent, impacts not only the employee but the business. Proactive hearing screenings are the best way to keep you and your staff protected for years to come. If you want more information on hearing screening please don’t hesitate to reach out to us on (03) 5000 1882.

Did you know?

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