It wasn't always easy being the new kids on the block. While we realized that hearing testing was ripe for innovation, we were met with a lot of resistance. An iPad audiometer isn't compliant. You can't automate a hearing test. It's not possible to test outside of a sound booth. No one will go paperless.
Hearing conservation is evolving. Mobile technology now offers companies of all sizes the ability to bring their hearing testing programs in-house: no more sound booths required, no more paper records, no more losses in productivity.
Many believe to have a clinically valid audiometric test; it must occur in a sound booth. They believe it is necessary to eliminate any background noise and possible distractions that could lead to inaccurate test results. However, recent advances in audiometric technology are enabling a shift to test outside of the booth. This shift is being widely embraced by both hearing healthcare professionals and patients alike.
Boothless audiometric testing continues to find a place in many workplace hearing conservation programs. We’ve collected a list of some of the most common tips and tricks for examiners using SHOEBOX to test their employees.
The World Health Organization has found that noise-induced hearing loss is an all-too-common problem facing many workers. Luckily, this problem is preventable. We know that there are many experienced and talented mobile hearing testing companies working hard to support workplace hearing conservation programs around the world.
It's genuinely astonishing when we try to think of all the incredible things our ears do for us every day. Our hearing can help us pick out the words from a favorite song that is stuck in our head; it can pluck out a voice of a loved one in a crowded restaurant; it can connect us to nature with the sounds of waves crashing on a beach on a sunny summer day. Our hearing quite literally is the soundtrack to life.