Food is something that we can sometimes take for granted in today’s hectic and modern world. Millions of food production workers around the globe work tirelessly to ensure the food you and your family consume finds a home on your kitchen table.
Dr. Matthew Bromwich founded SHOEBOX Ltd. based on a vision. The Pediatric Otolaryngologist at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) wanted to improve access to hearing care for patients living in remote and underserved regions and elevate research in hearing health. It was this that served as the inspiration for SHOEBOX Audiometry, the product that he invented.
Millions of workers are exposed to potentially damaging levels of noise on a daily basis and, when uncontrolled, this noise can cause life-altering hearing damage. The same can be said about the chemical agents found in many workplaces. Significant research has been devoted to understanding the negative impact that ototoxic chemicals (known as ototoxicants) can have on one’s hearing and balance. As with unsafe noise levels, a well-designed hearing conservation program will protect workers against hearing health issues resulting from exposure to ototoxicants.
Workplace hearing conservation programs are intended to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. Providing hearing protection and educating employees on hearing conservation best practices are necessary safeguards. But employers must also monitor noise levels, provide annual hearing tests, and report any shifts in hearing levels over time.
Occupational hearing testing practices are in desperate need of innovation and modernization. Audiometers designed in the 1980s, printed records, old trucks with uncomfortable sound booths in back – these are all relics of the past and need to move aside for modern approaches that will bring improved efficiency, cost reduction, and better experiences for employees. In this article, we will describe the attributes of a modern hearing testing program and paint a vision for the future.