testing is an integral part of any Hearing Conservation Program because it is the
only true measure of the programs effectiveness in preventing occupational
noise-induced hearing loss. IPS charts the results and provides the employers and
employees with test results in a easy to understand format.
A baseline audiogram is the audiogram against which future
audiograms are compared.
If a company utilizes a mobile van for providing their hearing tests, the new employees
have up to one year from the beginning of employment to have their baseline test recorded.
Until that time, those new hires who are exposed to noise must wear appropriate hearing
The baseline audiogram is a pure tone, air conduction, hearing test of
500, 1000, 2000, 3000, 4000, 6000 Hertz (Hz). The tests at each frequency are taken
separately for each ear.
IPS schedules clients annually after obtaining the baseline audiogram. Each employee's
annual audiogram is compared to their baseline audiogram to determine if a standard
threshold shift has occurred. Our copyright protected 8-year fold over audiogram record
helps as a visual aid to help employees understand the results.
If an annual audiogram shows that an employee has
suffered a standard threshold shift, the following steps must be taken (unless a physician
determines that this shift is not work related or aggravated by occupational noise
- Employees not using hearing protectors shall be fitted with
hearing protectors, trained in their use and care, and required to use them.
- Employees already using hearing protectors shall be refitted and
retrained in the use of hearing protectors and provided with hearing protectors offering
greater attenuation if necessary.
- The employee shall be referred for a clinical audiological
evaluation or an otological examination, as appropriate, if additional testing is
necessary or if it is suspected that a medical pathology of the ear is caused or
aggravated by the wearing of hearing protectors.
- The employee shall be informed of the need for an otological
examination if a medical pathology of the ear that is unrelated to the use of hearing
protectors is suspected.
The IPS team will be responsible for coordinating your companies
Hearing Conservation Program (HCP) with expert advice. This includes informative booklets,
videos and links to reliable noise protection devices and supplies.
Industrial Paramedical Services has been providing complete Multi-Phasic
Mobile health testing services to over 800 Midwestern plant facilities since 1975. We
specialize in providing on site hearing tests utilizing copyright protected
audiogram records. Our clients include major manufacturers in the automotive,
utilities, construction, petroleum, aero-space, airport workers and metal
Our exclusive designed 8 year audiogram record chart can be easily folded
into a quick visual aid to educate your employee as to how well they are protecting their
hearing. Early detection of hearing loss can alert both parties to the need for using
better hearing protection devices like combining ear plugs with ear muffs. IPS also can
furnish your company with easy to comprehend literature and videos as part of a complete
health and safety education program.
IPS offers additional health screening services from our Mobile Labs,
including visual acuity, blood pressure and pulmonary function tests. Results are compiled
in an easy to comprehend format both for statistical analysis and employee files. Call us
at (800) 231-1006 to schedule a FREE on-site complimentary sample test session and tour of
our Mobile Lab.