Audiometric Testing

The Audiometric Testing Module is part of Medgate’s Occupational Health Software Suite. This is a comprehensive module that enables occupational health professionals to track employee audiometric testing details and results through manual data entry or via direct interface with audiometers. Noise exposure history can be viewed for those employees who have had personal noise dosimeter monitoring. Hearing classification is recorded based on the various jurisdictional requirements.

Key Benefits of the Audiometric Testing Module:

The Audiometric Testing Module will enable occupational health professionals to:

  • Automatically capture all of the details of audiometric tests through direct interface with audiometers
  • Track employees enrolled in a hearing conservation program or exposure group and ensure employee participation in required testing with automatic reminders and notifications
  • Comply with federal and provincial requirements for audiometric testing by recording test information specific to your jurisdiction/corporate tracking requirements (e.g., OSHA, UK/HSE, Alberta, Quebec)

  • Capture baselines for each ear to automatically identify standard threshold shifts (STS) and OSHA recordable shifts (ORS); automatic workflows ensure that STS/ORS are confirmed as appropriate
  • Graph employee test results with one click
  • Easily run reports to view the employee’s complete audiometric testing history
  • Efficiently create and print/email results, referral letters, claims management letters, etc. using pre-defined templates you create

Key Components

This module includes many invaluable features that will help you quickly and effectively realize the benefits described above. The features fall into five groups:

Capturing Hearing Test Details and Results

  • Capture details and results of audiometric tests either through manual data entry or via direct interface with audiometers (see list below )
  • Ensure accurate and efficient data entry; direct audiometer interface allows for automatic population of test details such as employee information, test administrator, equipment used, CAOHC, and left and right ear results for each frequency tested
  • Adjustments for age (presbycusis) are automatically calculated as are shifts from the first and most recent baselines and percent binaural impairment
  • Monitor employee compliance with hearing conservation program requirements using automated workflows and automatic email notifications to remind employees when they are due for their next audiometric test. This involves seamless integration with the Medical Surveillance Recalls module
  • Print or e-mail batch recall letters directly through the system
  • Record noise exposure history, including date of last noise assessment and decibel level the employee is exposed to (this information can be populated automatically from the Industrial Hygiene Monitoring Module), hearing protection worn, and effective exposure based on calculating the exposed decibel level and NRR rating of the hearing protection.
  • Set a baseline for employees to enable automatic calculation of STS/ORS; the employee’s first audiogram will automatically be flagged as baseline
  • Trigger an automated workflow when an STS/ORS is identified:
    • Prompts will guide the user through questions regarding revising the baseline and confirming the test
    • Once a test is confirmed, it will be automatically flagged as work-related if the employee is enrolled in a hearing conservation program
    • The test can be automatically added to the OSHA log if it is flagged as work-related and the OSHA hearing regulation is being used
  • Capture otoscopic exam details
  • Calculate hearing classification details based on the regulation identified by user
  • Ensure data integrity through automatic creation of a transfer log for all imported hearing results that can be edited and reprocessed (in cases where transfer errors have occurred)

Regulations

  • Identify the regulation (e.g., OSHA , UK, Alberta, Quebec) to use for calculation of hearing classifications and system prompts
  • Your data entry form will be different depending on what regulation you have identified/selected
  • Identify 10db age-corrected shifts with a non age-corrected average of 25 in the 2000, 3000, and 4000 frequencies for OSHA record keeping
  • Easily produce system-generated letters outlining results of the audiometric test for referrals, workers’ compensation, and claims management

Audiometer Interfaces

For a list of supported audiometers, see our Interfaces page.

Audiometric Testing Reports

  • Run Medgate Standard Reports including averages and shifts for each ear, employee’s test history in numeric and graphic formats, and flags for results exceeding jurisdictional regulations
  • Send or print employee results including graphic representation of their hearing results

Integration Points

Medgate’s Audiometric Testing module integrates with the following:

Occupational Health Software Suite:

Industrial Hygiene Software Suite:

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