Audiometry is the testing of hearing, and is required under the Control of Noise at Work Regulations, 2005. This applies to those workers who are regularly exposed to noise over the 85 dB, and also to those with reduced exposure but a higher/increased sensitivity to noise.
Health surveillance for hearing damage usually means:
- regular hearing checks in controlled conditions;
- telling employees about the results of their hearing checks;
- keeping health records;
- ensuring employees are examined by a doctor where hearing damage is identified.