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Professional Supervisor

Who is a Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance 29 CFR 1910.95(g)(3):

Audiometric tests shall be performed by a licensed or certified audiologist, otolaryngologist, or other physician, or by a technician who is certified by the Council of Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation, or who has satisfactorily demonstrated competence in administering audiometric examinations, obtaining valid audiograms, and properly using, maintaining and checking calibration and proper functioning of the audiometers being used. A technician who operates microprocessor audiometers does not need to be certified. A technician who performs audiometric tests must be responsible to an audiologist, otolaryngologist or physician.

From this guidance CAOHC has combined the disciplines; audiologist, otolaryngologist, or other physician (MD, DO) into the designation known as the Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© (PS).  The PS plays a critical role in ensuring the effectiveness of a hearing conservation program. The PS works in conjunction with other professionals, including nurses, occupational hearing conservationists (OHCs), industrial hygienists, safety professionals, employers, employees, and their representatives. The PS is responsible for reviewing problem audiograms and determining whether there is a need for further evaluation.

Any hearing conservation-related professionals are also invited to participate in this course; however, are not eligible to take the certification exam.

Participants should have prior understanding of governmental regulations in and components of hearing loss prevention programs and interest and/or experience in making work-related determinations for occupational noise induced hearing loss.

CAOHC has designed a one day training program to prepare audiologists, otolaryngologists, or other physicians for the Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program©  certification exam.