How to Become Certified as a PS
Audiologists, physicians and otolaryngologists are the only professionals who may serve as Professional Supervisors (PSs) of occupational hearing conservation programs, according to federal regulations. However, there is little guidance to how the PS should fulfill this role.
The Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© (PS) Workshop was created by CAOHC to clarify the PS responsibilities as stated in the federal regulation. The PS workshop is an intermediate-level course that outlines the scope of practice of the audiologist, physician or otolaryngologist performing the duties of a PS in an occupational hearing conservation program.
The workshop combines:
- Interactive analysis of employee case studies
- Small-group discussions
The course content includes a review of the current literature and recommended practice guidelines for:
- Review of audiograms
- Determination of work-related hearing loss
- Follow up of work-related hearing loss
- Management of audiometric databases
In addition, case studies encourage:
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Small-group discussion regarding employee, employer and professional responsibilities in the prevention of hearing loss
PS Certification and Course Requirements
- Meet the requirements to attend the Professional Supervisor Course
- Provide a copy of their current curriculum vitae
- Provide a copy of their current job description detailing their experience with occupational hearing conservation, audiogram review and work-related determinations of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)
- Submit a letter of recommendation from their supervisor or another professional who can attest to the applicant's experience and familiarity with the course subject matter
Course Learning Objectives
- Define the roles and responsibilities of a Professional Supervisor of the Audiometric Monitoring Program© in occupational hearing conservation programs (HCPs)
- Recognize and define these key factors in the occupational audiometric database review process:
- Problem audiograms
- Baseline revision
- Determination of work-related hearing change
- Become familiar with federal standards and regulations that apply to HCPs
- Understand the pathophysiologic factors of NIHL and interactions between noise and other agents
- Identify medical and legal aspects of managing audiometric monitoring components of an HCP
- Recognize best practices of HCP management, including the essential elements of a quality HCP, program audits, evaluations and resources
- Differentiate between regulatory compliance and best practices for NIHL prevention
Course Participant Requirements
- Be an MD, DO or audiologist (a copy of your current state license is required for course registration)
- Have at least 2 years of experience in occupational hearing conservation
- Any hearing conservation-related professionals are also invited to participate in this course; however, are not eligible to take the certification exam.
Continuing Education Units (CEU) are available from the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). AAA provides 0.6 CEU, and ASHA provides 0.75 CEU.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are also available through the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior (IAHB). IAHB is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide CME for physicians.