Audiometry refresher training

Audiometry refresher training is very useful in keeping those skills polished, even for those who may do workplace hearing tests very regularly. While a lot of the systems and methods for workplace audiometry stay the same, there is always new research coming along which can have an impact on how audiograms are interpreted along with changes in social noise and its effect on individuals.

In addition to the recent changes in academic research, it is also useful to have a 3rd party explaining the issues and discussing the various outcomes as often hearing an alternative way of explaining something can help key principles stick.

HSMC can deliver refresher courses to personnel conducting workplace audiometry, including Occupational Health personnel, around the UK, with all training being delivered by a trainer who has conducted tens of thousands of workplace hearing tests and who is a member of the Institute of Audiology.

"Once again can I thank you for the audiometry refresher course you delivered on Tuesday. I think everyone got something out of it and you were able to turn what is often a bit of a dry subject into something that was enjoyable for us all!"
OH Nursing Advisor, Diageo Glasgow Sites on HSMC's Audiometry Refresher Training

Audiometry refresher training Course Info.

  • Aims
    Giving refresher training to in-house Occupational Health personnel on workplace audiometry, updating them to current standards and research.
  • Course duration
    About six hours.
  • Location and number of attendees
    This course is delivered both on client sites and also as open public courses (see dates below). On-site audiometry refresher training can accommodate from one  to 15 people per course. We will deliver the courses anywhere in the UK.
  • Suitability
    The couse is aimed at attendees who already have practical experience of undertaking workplace audiometry, therefore the focus is on update of supporting knowledge and theory. The course covers established rules and regulations, anatomy and also looks at more recent research which has a bearing on workplace audiometry screening programmes.
  • Handouts
    Includes course notes and are e-mailed out following the course.
  • Certificates
    Course completion certificates are provided on completing the written test.
  • Pricing for on-site courses
    Drop us a quick e-mail for prices and availability and we will get back to you - usually within an hour. Discounts are available for existing HSMC clients who already have other work done by us.

Public Audiometry Refresher Training Course Details

All courses £195.00 per attendee.

Location Address
Harrow, London Best Western Hotel
9th October 2014
Spaces available
Solihull, West Mids Motor Museum Hotel


Audiometry refresher training course outline

Typical noise levels
Audiometry does not sit in isolation and those conducting the examinations need to be able to understand potential attendee noise exposures both in work and in their personal lives, and give them advice on managing their total noise dose.

Legal framework for Audiometry
We dive into the exciting stuff next - the legal framework for audiometry in the workplace, covering the Noise at Work Regulations and its provisions for audiometry. This is mercifully brief but does look at the general requirements for managing noise risks at work including various noise terminology and it's meaning, enabling occupational health practitioners to play a full role in managing occupational noise risks as well as just conducting the audiometry screening.

Anatomy of the ear
How it responds to noise and how noise damages it. One interesting bit here is audio simulations of varying degrees of hearing loss allowing the attendees to hear what the various types of audiogram actually sound like in practice. This can be extremely useful when it comes to interpreting audiograms as they will have a deeper understanding of how sounds change with hearing loss.

Basic Otoscopy
What to look for when conducting a hearing test.

Arranging an audiometry programme and conducting the hearing tests
We look at the basics of a good audiometry screening programme, including the less common issues such as dealing with agency staff or people with hearing aids. We then go through the steps of conducting the screening tests themselves, from setting up the equipment, calibration and how to do a manual test. We also look at how to manage the inevitable idiots who pop up every so often and want to cheat the test for reasons only known to themselves.

Interpretation of results and reporting
Includes examination of real-world results including non-typical audiograms and their diagnosis, and a look at the categorisation system and when to refer people for further examination.

A short look at the PPE available for hearing conservation, its uses and limiatations, enabling the person conducting the audiometry screening to make recommendations on correct use to the individual or to advise the employer on how to select the correct equipment.

The closing gubbins
The scary bit, a written test to confirm understanding of the subject.

“I would like to say a massive thank you for visiting the Unilever  Gloucester factory and delivering the audiometry refresher training to the UK OH Community. The feedback I have received in relation to your session is nothing short of superb – they loved the way you injected a high level of humour whilst delivering clear information on what can be at times a ‘dry’ subject.”
Carline Mabbs, Unilever Clinical Governance and People Development Manager

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