There are various people involved in most occupational hearing testing programs. This guide will cover the role that each plays. What’s the difference between a program manager and a professional supervisor? What are the responsibilities of the test administrator and the HSE/EHS? When do you involve your medical director (if you have one) or audiological reviewers? Even your employees play a critical part.
Employers have several options in how to conduct testing as part of a Hearing Conservation Program (HCP). These include sending staff to clinics, or bringing mobile clinics on site. Many forward-thinking employers are opting to manage their programs in-house by leveraging boothless, automated audiometry. While there are pros and cons to each, one option offers cost savings benefits, and greater flexibility around testing schedules.
We've helped hundreds of companies bring their occupational hearing testing programs in-house. And we’ve helped a similar number of service providers add mobile hearing testing to their toolbox. Here are some of the lessons we’ve learned in that time.
We've heard from several creative clinic owners who are using this time to "think outside of the booth". They are pondering ways to continue to offer their services even when the clinic doors are shut. We want to share what we hear, in the event that it is useful to you as well.
These are stressful and uncertain times. As we monitor the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, everyone should be concerned with minimizing the spread of infection. Doing everything possible to best protect patients, coworkers, themselves and their families. We are all in this together, and the following information can help provide guidance on best practices as they pertain to infection control.
How do you change the world? We believe change happens one day at a time, one person at a time. We can’t solve every problem out there, but something that we can do, here at SHOEBOX, is test people’s hearing.