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Audiology, Inc.

 

Phone  719.520.1155

LOCATION  & DIRECTIONS

Dr. Gene McHugh

Licensed Audiologist

In Colorado

OFFICE HOURS

Mountain Time USA

Mon-Thurs

9:00AM-5:00PM

Closed Fridays

 

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INDUSTRIAL AUDIOLOGY SERVICES

 

 Testing completed by Gene R. McHugh, EdD, Licensed Audiologist

NOTE: This is the last year Dr. McHugh is providing on-site hearing testing

 

 

OSHA Law 1910.95 states that "Within six months of an employee's first exposure above the action level, the employer shall establish a valid baseline audiogram against which subsequent audiograms can be compared."  

      

 

 

  

Why is hearing conservation necessary?

How are high noise areas determined?

What is audiometric testing?

What is a baseline audiogram?

What are annual audiograms?

What is Industrial noise exposure?

What exposure & testing records must employers keep?

Glossary of terms


 

The nuts and bolts of our hearing conservation program for businesses.

 

1.  On site Hearing Assessments  

If you have 15 or more employees needing hearing testing services, Dr. McHugh will come to your work-site and provide calibrated hearing assessments with our mobile testing facility. All testing are in compliance with OSHA regulations (1910.45).  Each employee is tested individually.  However, please note, Dr. McHugh limits his industrial services to companies located in the Pikes Peak area.

 

 If follow up audiometric services are necessary, your employees can be seen at our  office conveniently located at 1330 West Colorado Avenue.

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Prior to testing, employees receive training on hearing conservation.

 

2.  Audiogram Interpretation  
Dr. Gene McHugh holds an Ed.D. degree (Doctor of Education degree) and has been in private audiology practice in Colorado Springs for more than 25 years.  He  is licensed in Colorado to practice audiology and is clinically certified by the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA) and has been a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) since it's inception.  Dr. McHugh is highly qualified and will manage your industrial program to it's highest professional level and if necessary will support your program if there is a problem with OSHA. 

 

3.  Education
New employees often have significant pre-employment noise exposure due to poor hearing health habits.   At the same time as testing, we educate employees on the importance of protecting their hearing at work and during recreational activities.  Research shows employees who are encouraged to protect their hearing at work tend to protect their hearing at home as well.

HOW LOUD IS LOUD?

4.  Manager's Report
A catalog entitled [YOUR COMPANY'S] OCCUPATIONAL HEARING CONSERVATION PROGRAM is prepared which will include:  a copy of the OSHA guidelines;  employee's pre-assessment work history; baseline and yearly audiometric results; and recommendations. 

Companies who have used our services who had OSHA site inspections commented that OSHA inspectors were particularly impressed with this section of their overall occupational safety program.   

 

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO HEALTH AND SAFETY MANAGERS

 

       Employers have been required to record work-related hearing loss cases when an employee's hearing test shows a significant decline in overall hearing (see definitions of hearing loss according to OSHA and record keeping).  Employers will be able to make adjustments for hearing loss caused by aging, but it is recommended that you seek the advice of a licensed audiologists or physician to determine if the loss is in fact work-related and then perform additional hearing testing to verify the persistence of the hearing loss.

 

LIABILITY IN NOT HAVING A HEARING LOSS PREVENTION PROGRAM 

  • Potential OSHA citation and fine, according to OSHA Noise Rule, 29 CFR 1910.95, 1983.

  • Potential workmen compensation claims for hearing disability 

EMPLOYEES' RIGHTS

         In the state of Colorado, the law considers work-related hearing loss and tinnitus a medical disability.  If you work with a company with noise levels in excess of 85dB(A), your company may be required to have a Hearing Loss Prevention Program (sometimes referred as "Hearing Conservation Program").

 

 

RESOURCE LINKS CONCERNING OCCUPATIONAL HEARING CONSERVATION