Surveillance Audiometry for Shooting Schools & Shooting Professionals

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Surveillance Audiometry for Shooting Schools & Shooting Professionals

Shooting & firearms is exceptionally risky in terms of potential for damage to your hearing health.

For instance, shooting coaches may be exposed to the noise from in excess of 2,000 shots per day at close range. Any single report or explosion has the potential to cause instant (and permanent) hearing damage called acoustic trauma, as well as Noise Induced Hearing Loss, which tends to evolve over time.

Particular risks for people working in shooting may include exceptional or accidental un-protected exposure to noise, as well as background noise from shots emanating from other stands. This is in addition to the risks posed by extremely high peak noise levels, caused by each shot itself.

Anyone involved with shooting in any capacity should therefore have access to high quality hearing protection and be part of an effective hearing surveillance program. As well as being a sensible idea, it is a legal requirement of UK employers under the Noise at Work Act 2005.

Surveillance Audiometry for Shooting Schools & Shooting Professionals

Noise at Work in Shooting

Sources & complications of Noise in Shooting
  • Shotguns
  • Rifles
  • Handguns
  • Specialist off-road vehicles & equipment
  • Bare, reverberant buildings & shooting ranges
  • The ear is at close proximity to the noise source
  • Staff may be tempted to remove hearing protection to assist communication
Hearing tests in shooting are challenging because:
  • Staff schedules change rapidly with short breaks
  • Low staff numbers make it hard to organise cost-effective tests
  • Extreme noise may require more frequent hearing checks
  • Instantaneous, extreme noise can cause sudden hearing damage
  • Self-employed coaches & specialists may wish to manage their own audiometric testing

Acoustic trauma

Acoustic trauma is injury to the hearing mechanisms in the inner ear. It is due to very loud noise.


Acoustic trauma is a common cause of sensory hearing loss. Damage to the hearing mechanisms within the inner ear may be caused by:

  • Explosion near the ear
  • Firing a gun near the ear
  • Long-term exposure to loud noises (such as loud music or machinery)
  • Any very loud noise near the ear

Source: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia

How WorkScreen can help

WorkScreen specialises in making hearing tests simple, convenient and cost effective for any number of people and provides hearing tests for the UK’s leading shooting schools.

By combining personal control with flexibility, the WorksScreen service ensures hearing surveillance is easy and accessible for anyone with a variable schedule, subject to changes at short notice - like shooting coaches.

And for self-employed workers, WorkScreen means they can benefit from low test costs and mange access to their personal data, so it is possible to demonstrate participation in a hearing surveillance program and even take tests more frequently, if required.

Enquire now to find out how WorkScreen can help your business