Many people will have experienced audiometric screening (also known as audiometric testing) or hearing tests during their school life, the basic principles of audiometric screening in the workplace are the same.

Occupational audiometric screening is a screening technique used to detect early damage to hearing resulting from exposure to noise. Identifying any damage as early as possible allows appropriate follow-up remedial action in the workplace and any necessary medical referral of the employee.

Agility offers a high quality workplace hearing tests to help employers achieve compliance with the Control of Noise at Work Regulations 2005, which states employers must provide regular hearing checks for all employees who are likely to be frequently exposed to noise levels of 85dB or higher, or for any employee who already suffers from hearing loss or are particularly sensitive to noise damage.


What does it involve?

The occupational audiometric screening process requires attendees to wear a set of headphones through which a series of sounds at differing pitches and volumes are played. They indicate whether they can hear the sound or not, allowing the technician conducting the test to identify any loss in hearing. Agility will undertake this for you, providing a practical, detailed employer’s report.

Each workplace hearing test takes approximately 15 minutes and is completed in a noise-reducing audiometry booth with the latest audiometers and noise-reducing headphones to give the maximum sound reduction.

We can complete up to 30 hearing assessments per session, each session lasts nine hours, so whether you have shift patterns, work evenings or weekends, we have the flexibility to accommodate your needs.

Agility supplies complete and detailed screening audiometry reports with every job, giving the client everything they need to manage the issue and comply with the noise regulations.

We recommend workplace hearing tests are conducted annually for the first two years of being exposed and then at three-yearly intervals (although this may need to be more frequent if a problem with hearing is detected or where the risk of hearing damage is high).