Driven To Protect
Your Hearing

NexGen Hearing offers
industrial hearing tests
with our mobile
testing units.

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Driven To Protect Your Hearing

NexGen Hearing offers industrial hearing tests with our mobile testing units.

Industrial Hearing in BC

We are certified by WorkSafeBC (WCB) to provide annual hearing tests to employees who are exposed to hazardous noise. Our new state-of-the-art Mobile Testing Units enable us to perform all WCB mandatory hearing tests and services right at your job site. We do it fast and efficiently.

Occupational Hearing Loss

Every day in workplaces in Canada, workers are exposed to levels of noise which cause permanent hearing damage. Thankfully, there are regulations that mandate employers’ responsibilities to ensure that their employees are protected.

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A worker using hearing protection while working in an industrial environment

Get Your Hearing Test Results Faster

Our industrial audiometric hearing test results are submitted to WorkSafeBC online so access to those results can be provided quickly. Employees are able to access their secure accounts to download and keep a record of their hearing tests. We highly recommend employees to do this in case they change employers. That way, they can provide up to date hearing information to be used as a baseline for their new employer. Employers have the capability to download a report on the results of your employee’s tests. They also have the ability to view statistics of hearing tests across all of British Columbia so they can compare their results to others in their business sector.

 

Expert Advice About Hearing Protection

Part of our mission is to protect the hearing of all workers in the Vancouver and Vancouver Island areas. On top of providing fast and efficient industrial audiometric hearing tests, we can also provide expert advice on the types of hearing protection devices your workers should be using on the job based on the noise levels they experience on a daily basis. With our advice, you can make sure your employees have the right hearing protection for the job.

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Every day in workplaces in Canada, workers are exposed to levels of noise which cause permanent hearing damage. Thankfully, there are laws that mandate employers’ responsibilities to ensure that their employees are protected.

Permanent hearing loss can be caused by continuous exposure to noise, usually in the higher frequencies. A loud explosion can have the same damaging effect. Unfortunately, once the damage is done, it cannot be reversed. However, hearing protection strategies can prevent further damage. Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is often another result of exposure to continuous, loud noise levels.

Identifying and remedying excessive workplace noise

If your employees need hearing protection, you must provide audiometric testing within six months from when they start work, and then test annually. You must also provide testing upon reasonable requests by your employee’s Health and Safety representative.

As an employee, as soon as you suspect that you may have a hearing loss caused by excessive workplace noise, it is imperative that you notify your employer or Occupational Health and Safety officer.

Industrial Hearing Test FAQs

What noise levels in the workplace require workers to have their hearing tested?

BC Occupational Health & Safety policy states that if a worker has a daily exposure to noise levels over 85 dBA Lex (the average exposure over a full shift), or is exposed to a peak sound level over 140 dBC at any point in time during a shift, then they are required to have a hearing test as part of the company’s hearing loss prevention program.

What is a good hearing test score?

Adults are considered to have normal hearing abilities if their responses to a hearing test show that they can hear noises between 0 dB and 25 dB across a frequency range of 250 Hz and 8000 Hz.

How do I handle employees who use hearing aids in my hearing conservation program?

Employees with hearing aids need protection from noise exposure in the same way that employees with normal hearing do. Just because they may not hear loud noises in the workplace as well does not mean they aren’t susceptible to additional hearing loss. Hearing aids, whether turned on or off, do not provide hearing protection. It is recommended to have these employees remove their hearing aids and use hearing protection while they work. Alternatively, they can make use of specialized hearing protectors which provide a small amount of sound amplification that limits noise to safe levels.

How can hearing loss be work-related if my employees are wearing hearing protection?
Hearing protection effectiveness depends on a number of factors including:

  • Whether or not it is being worn correctly.
  • Whether or not it is being worn consistently.
  • Whether or not the device is appropriate for:
    • The noise levels in the work environment.
    • The listening needs of the employee for completing their job duties.

Keep in mind that these hearing tests will also factor in the effects of noise exposure while off duty as well. Illness and fatique can affect the results of a hearing test as well. In these cases, a retest may be necessary to determine if hearing loss was temporary or if it still persists. If the retest confirms that hearing loss is persistent, then it becomes necessary to determine what contribution workplace noise made to this hearing loss.

What is the Hearing Test Submission (HTS) system?

The HTS system allows us to submit the results of industrial audiometric hearing tests to WorkSafeBC online. The system makes the reporting process for hearing test results much easier, and allows employers and employees to see the results of their hearing tests sooner.

Call today to book your annual WorkSafe hearing test.

Call today to book your annual WorkSafe hearing test.

Victoria

201-4500 West Saanich Rd
Phone: (250) 590.1835
Email[email protected]

West Kelowna

102-2139 Louie Drive
Phone: (250) 826.8871
Email[email protected]

Courtenay

325B 11th Street
Phone: (250) 287.2410
Email[email protected]

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Victoria

201-4500 West Saanich Rd
Phone: (250) 590.1835
Email[email protected]

West Kelowna

102-2139 Louie Drive
Phone: (250) 826.8871
Email[email protected]

Courtenay

325B 11th Street
Phone: (250) 287.2410
Email[email protected]

Meet Our Industrial Hearing Team

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Sarah Simmons

Sarah Simmons

IAT/OWNER & INDUSTRIAL AUDIOMETRIC MANAGER

Sarah is known as a professional with a sense of humour when teaching work crews how to protect their hearing. Qualified as an Industrial Audiometric Technician (IAT) at BCIT, Sarah is responsible for driving one of two NexGen Hearing mobile hearing vans up and down Vancouver Island.

Full Bio

She has conducted over 10,000+ WorkSafe hearing tests in the first 5 years of business. Meeting thousands of people each year is one of the fun aspects Sarah likes about her career. From testing excavation truck drivers at 6am in Victoria, to being a guest speaker at VICA Women in Construction meetings, to giving random hearing tests to the general public in parking lots, Sarah is “deaf”initely known as the “hearing lady.” Each year the NexGen Industrial division continues to grow as Vancouver Island’s favourite owner operated mobile hearing company. Ch-EARS!

Glen Bye

Glen Bye

IAT/OWNER & INDUSTRIAL AUDIOMETRIC MANAGER

It is estimated that over 22 million workers are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work and according to the CDC, “Reported cases of hearing loss accounted for 14% of occupational illness in 2007.”  

Full Bio

When we think of workplace noise levels, the first places that come to mind are factories, construction, and mining where one expects that the area would be loud. But there are other, less common work situations where you also are at risk for hearing loss. Through his extensive work experience in the hearing industry, as an IAT on Vancouver Island, Glen has conducted thousands of hearing tests on employees who have been exposed to occupational noise. Glen is passionate about educating workers and employers on hearing health and safety while providing exceptional customer service.

Part of the WorkSafeBC provider network

British Columbia Construction Association
Island Equipment Owners Assn.
The Truck Loggers Association
VICA