Benson Medical Instruments, based in Minneapolis, Minn, has announced that its CCA-200mini Plus computer controlled audiometer has a Report Builder feature that allows employers to create custom notification letters that can be sent to employees who need to be referred for follow-up hearing screening and treatment, or who need to use better hearing conservation measures on the job.

Benson Medical, which designs and manufactures audiometers, spirometers, and software to manage hearing conservation and occupational spirometry programs for companies, reports that conducting, monitoring, and reporting the results of hearing conservation tests can challenge occupational health practitioners, especially if their program involves hundreds or thousands of employees.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard 1910.95(e) requires employers to notify employees if they are exposed to occupational noise for an 8-hour or longer time-weighted average of 85 decibels. In addition, employees are to be notified in writing within 21 days of detection if their most recent hearing test shows a standard threshold shift (STS) in comparison with their baseline audiogram.

Benson Medical advises that what might be an overwhelming task can be brought under control using the company’s CCA-200mini Plus computer controlled audiometer. Through a series of user selections, the Report Builder feature creates custom subject notification letters. Hearing conservationists can choose which data and analysis to show in a report, and can edit the text used for each company. In addition, users have control over page headers and numbers, printing the graphical audiogram, and whether to mask or exclude the employee ID number.

According to regulations, employers should refer subjects to medical professionals if the subject has one or more indications, such as a need for additional testing, trouble wearing hearing protection; or a condition caused or exacerbated by wearing hearing protection. The Report Builder allows for the inclusion of several custom paragraphs to inform the employee that they need a medical examination, reports Benson Medical. These medical referral criteria are based on guidance from the American Academy of Otolaryngology. A closing statement and a signature line conclude the letter. The customized subject notification letters can be saved as reports and printed out at the end of the test, or at a later time as a batch.

Benson Medical says that it is important for the employee to clearly understand their audiogram results, and whether they need a medical examination. Hearing conservation programs will have higher success rates if this information is provided in the employee’s preferred language. The Report Builder’s subject notification letter text has been translated into 21 languages, and may be modified by the user. The company says that additional languages can be added as well.

Source: Benson Medical Instruments