Conduct screening hearing tests for industrial hearing loss

This unit of competency describes the skills and knowledge required to conduct screening hearing tests for individuals who are employed in industry or other employment that might give rise to hearing loss


Work performed requires specific knowledge in relation to conducting screening hearing tests and the ability to communicate well. The skills required are limited to performance of screening tests within mass hearing loss identification programs

All tasks are conducted in accordance with industry standards, organisation policies and procedures, and infection control guidelines


Not Applicable

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Prepare for screening tests

1.1 Ensure information, including required forms are accessible and ready for use

1.2 Assess the environment for screening test suitability

1.3 Check equipment and attachments for assessments ensure they are calibrated ready for use

1.4 Ensure personal protective equipment is available and used if required

2. Establish a positive relationship with the client

2.1 Explain the test procedure clearly and simply to the client

2.2 Gain informed consent from client where applicable

2.3 Give client the opportunity to ask questions and discuss concerns

2.4 Identify and meet special needs of client

2.5 Maintain confidentiality of client information

3. Conduct otoscopy

3.1 Follow personal hygiene and infection control procedures

3.2 Conduct otoscopy to produce valid, reliable and accurate results and in accordance with relevant policy and procedures

3.3 Identify contra-indications for proceeding with further screening tests

3.4 Make referral to appropriate agency for further assessment and treatment if required

4. Conduct further screening hearing tests

4.1 Follow personal hygiene and infection control procedures

4.2 Conduct screening hearing tests to produce valid, reliable and accurate results and in accordance with relevant policy and procedures

4.3 Take steps to maximise test accuracy, validity and reliability

4.4 Conduct a re-test if test results unreliable

4.5 Record results in accordance with relevant policies and procedures

5. Review test results with client and their carer

5.1 Examine results to determine outcome of screening test

5.2 Communicate outcome of tests clearly and simply to the client and their carer

5.3 Discuss options for further tests with client

5.4 Give client/carer the opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of concern

5.5 Record, document and file in accordance with relevant policies and procedures

6. Refer client to appropriate facility

6.1 Make referral to appropriate agency for detailed assessment if client fails screening test

6.2 Establish contact with referral facility and key client information provided

6.3 Discuss relevant issues and concerns with relevant personnel at facility

6.4 Follow up referral with facility to ensure continuity of case management

7. Clean and store equipment

7.1 Clean and/or dispose of equipment and attachments in accordance with manufacturers' requirements and infection control procedures

7.2 Store equipment and attachments in accordance with organisation policy and procedures

Required Skills

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level required for this unit.

Essential knowledge:

The candidate must be able to demonstrate essential knowledge required to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes knowledge of:

Appropriate practices to ensure efficient use of power and other resources

Current relevant Australian Standards

Knowledge and understanding of relevant abbreviations and symbols

Relevant anatomy and physiology to enable test performance to be accurate and of minimum risk to clients

Relevant aspects of hearing loss, its types and its effects

Relevant aspects of the auditory process

Requirements for accurate conduction of hearing tests

Essential skills:

It is critical that the candidate demonstrate the ability to:

Accurately perform screening hearing tests on adults

Accurately perform simple otoscopic examination on adults

Communicate effectively with client regarding the procedures and the outcomes of the tests

Conduct accurate screening hearing tests on adults

Operate audiometry equipment correctly and in accordance with manufacturers' specifications

Recognise conditions when test results may be unreliable

Recognise when a client is not giving true thresholds

In addition, the candidate must be able to effectively do the task outlined in elements and performance criteria of this unit, manage the task and manage contingencies in the context of the identified work role

This includes the ability to:

Deal with conflict

Use interpersonal skills to relate to people from a range of social, cultural and religious backgrounds and physical and mental abilities

Use numeracy skills that may range from the ability to interpret data and record client results

Use oral communication skills-language competence required to fulfil job roles in a safe manner and as specified by the organisation. Assessors should look for skills in asking questions, providing clear information, listening to and understanding workplace instructions, and clarifying workplace instructions when necessary. Effective verbal and nonverbal communication skills with a range of internal and external persons are essential, together with competence in English or a community language, depending on client group

Use problem solving skills required including an ability to use available resources and plan daily work routine

Use reading and writing skills-literacy competence required to fulfil job roles in a safe manner and as specified by the organisation. The level of skill required involves reading and documenting clinical information and understanding procedure manuals

Work with others and display empathy with client and carers

Evidence Required

The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the Performance Criteria, Required Skills and Knowledge, the Range Statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate this competency unit:

The individual being assessed must provide evidence of specified essential knowledge as well as skills

Observation of workplace performance is essential for assessment of this unit

Consistency of performance should be demonstrated over the required range of situations relevant to the workplace

Where, for reasons of safety, space, or access to equipment and resources, assessment takes place away from the workplace, the assessment environment should represent workplace conditions as closely as possible

Access and equity considerations:

All workers in the health industry should be aware of access and equity issues in relation to their own area of work

All workers should develop their ability to work in a culturally diverse environment

In recognition of particular health issues facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, workers should be aware of cultural, historical and current issues impacting on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Assessors and trainers must take into account relevant access and equity issues, in particular relating to factors impacting on health of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander clients and communities

Context of and specific resources for assessment:

Access to appropriate workplace and equipment where screening hearing tests can take place or the simulation of realistic workplace setting, including access to equipment for assessments

Relevant organisation policy, guidelines, procedures and protocols

Relevant professional bodies policies and guidelines on the conduct of screening hearing tests

Relevant legislative and regulatory documents

Relevant publications of the National Acoustic Laboratories

Manufacturers' specifications for the use and storage of equipment

Method of assessment

Observation in the workplace (if possible)

Written assignments/projects or questioning should be used to assess knowledge

Case study and scenario as a basis for discussion of issues and strategies to contribute to best practice.

Clinical skills involving direct client care are to be assessed initially in a simulated clinical setting (laboratory). If successful, a second assessment is to be conducted during workplace application under direct supervision.

Case studies and scenarios


Role plays

Related units:

This unit can be assessed independently, however holistic assessment practice with other audiometry units of competency is encouraged

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Add any essential operating conditions that may be present with training and assessment depending on the work situation, needs of the candidate, accessibility of the item, and local industry and regional contexts.

Screening tests restricted to:

Pure tone audiometry tests ie air conduction screening test, air conduction threshold test

Information may include:

Client medical history

Referral letter

Consent form


Previous test results

Current Standards

Equipment and attachments may include:


Screening audiometer

Personal protective equipment may include:


Clients may include:


Informed consent may include:




Client confidentiality may include:

Legal and ethical requirements

Secure location for written records

Consulting rooms with privacy

Information disclosed to an appropriate person consistent with the responsibility of this position

Adherence to Privacy Act

Personal hygiene/infection control procedures may include:

Washing hands

Current National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines for infection control in health care settings

Standard Precautions and Additional Precautions as defined by the NHMRC

Current Australian Standards

Local Government ordinances

Other legislative requirements

Relevant policies and procedures may include:


Industry standards (state and national)

Office of Hearing Services

Privacy Act

Research organisations e.g. National Acoustic Laboratory (NAL)

Relevant state/territory WHS bodies

Industry professional bodies

Relevant Australian standards

Contraindications for proceeding with further screening tests include:

Excessive cerumen

Foreign body

Discharge from the ear


Referral agencies may include:


Medical practitioner

Medical facilities

Steps taken to maximise test accuracy may include:

Sound proof facility

Client comfort

Outcome of tests may include:

Pass or fail test


Not Applicable

Employability Skills

This unit contains Employability Skills

Licensing Information

Not Applicable