The Prevention of Recordable Hearing Loss: What Can Employers Do?

The Prevention of Recordable Hearing Loss: What Can Employers Do?


When discussing the prevention of recordable hearing loss, we’re often asked: What can employers do to help make the right determination?

Employers should have a good working relationship with the Professional Supervisor from whom they are seeking guidance. 

Ask if the physician or audiologist who reviews your audiometric test results is certified by the Council for Accreditation in Hearing Conservation (CAOHC). 

While this additional level of training is not required, it does help the employer differentiate and find the best qualified assistance. 



Potential supporting data

Is the audiometric test valid?

Qualifications of tester

Calibration documentation

Test environment noise levels

Test-retest reliability

All audiograms

Is the employee exposed to potentially hazardous noise or ototoxic chemicals at work?

Dosimetry and all pertinent noise measurements

Length of employment in each exposure environment

Potential chemical exposures



Is the hearing loss consistent with NIHL OR is there a medical condition present that can completely explain the loss?

Medical history (under HIPAA)

All audiograms, preferably in serial audiogram format

Earplug fit-testing results



Could the exposure have caused or contributed to the hearing loss?

All noise measurements


In-ear monitoring results



Steps in the process of determining work-relatedness and info the employers can provide. 



The prevention of recordable hearing loss is an issue that lies at the center of each and every Hearing Conservation program. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to share – and discuss – those questions on this topic that we hear the most during our education and training sessions with employers around the U.S. 


Next installment: Why is Work-Relatedness Important?

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