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Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Program

From October 4, 2023 to October 6, 2023

Audiometric Testing & Hearing Conservation Program (Initial Training), Oct. 4-6, 2023

& (Refresher), Oct. 5, 2023




Course Overview:

The objective of the program is to teach the participants to become an active part of an Occupational Hearing Conservation Program (HCP). Through extensive lectures, workshops and exercises and supervised practicum on related areas of a hearing conservation program, a basic understanding of a comprehensive HCP and audiometric testing is achieved. CAOHC certification/re-certification will be granted upon successful completion of the appropriate course requirements and the passing of the CAOHC standardized written examination.”

Ample time will be allowed to use and evaluate different audiometers and to master basic testing techniques.



Program Faculty:




Georgia W. Rhodes, AuD, CCC-A, has over 28 years in the field of audiology and hearing conservation. She has directed an in-house hearing conservation program for a large corporation and served on an ANSI working committee to establish criteria to judge the effectiveness of hearing conservation programs. In addition to being a CAOHC approved course director, Georgia is a clinical audiologist and instructor at the Speech and Hearing Clinic, Auburn University at Montgomery. During the practicum sessions, Dr. Rhodes is assisted by experienced instructors.

Aaron Johnson, AuD, received his B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology and M.S. Degree in Audiology at the University of Montevallo and his Doctorate of Audiology at Salus University. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology.  He is currently Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Alabama Academy of Audiology (ALAA) after serving as a Member at Large last year.  He holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech & Hearing Association and maintains licensure to practice audiology in Alabama and Tennessee.

Lynnette Bardolf, PhD, graduated with her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Audiology and Speech Pathology from the Florida State University, and with her Ph.D. in Audiology from the University of Florida.  Dr. Bardolf spent almost 25 years serving in the Army as a military Audiologist, where she ran several Audiology clinics, was heavily involved in hearing conservation, did Audiology research, and routinely taught CAOHC Courses.  Since retiring, Dr. Bardolf continues to teach CAOHC Courses, treats patients suffering with tinnitus, and volunteers her time as an Audiologist at her local military treatment facility.

Professional Development:

The Deep South Center for Occupational Health & Safety is an approved provider of continuing education units for nurses by the Alabama Board of Nursing (Provider #ABNP0420, expires 12/16/2026) and has awarded 23.0 contact hours for full course participants and 9.0 contact for refresher course participants. The Deep South Center Health & Safety has awarded 2.3 CEUs for full course participants and 0.9 CEUs for refresher course participants.

8:00 am – 8:15 am Sign-in and Introduction
8:15 am – 9:15 am Hearing Conservation in Noise
9:15 am – 10:15 am Anatomy, Physiology and Diseases of the Ear
10:15 am – 10:30 am BREAK
10:30 am – 11:30 am Hearing and the Physics of Sound
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Principles of Noise Analysis and Control
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH (On your own)
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm The Audiogram and Its Recordkeeping
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm The Audiometer and Its Maintenance
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Audiometric Technique
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm Supervised Audiometric Testing/Otoscopic



8:00 am – 9:00 am Audiogram Review, Referral and Employee Follow-Up
9:00 am – 9:15 am Break
9:15 am – 10:15 am Federal and State Regulations Relating to Noise
10:15 am – 10:45 Recordkeeping
10:45 am – 11:15 am The Audiometric Test Environment
11:15 am – 12:15 pm LUNCH (On your own)
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Personal Hearing Protection Devices
1:15 pm – 1:45 The Role of the OHC
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm Employee Education and Motivation
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Audiometric Technique
3:15 pm – 5:30 pm Supervised Audiometric Testing / Otoscopic / HPD Fitting
8:00 am – 9:30 am Review of the Hearing Conservation Program & Employee Motivation
9:30 am – 11:00 am Review of Audiometric Testing & Practicum
11:00 am – 12:00 pm Examination (Written and Practical)

Upon successful completion of the course you are eligible for certification as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC).


The course will be held at the Courtyard Marriott, 500 Shades Creek Parkway, Homewood, AL 35209. For the convenience of our participants, A block of rooms, under UAB, are reserved at the discounted room rate of $119 plus taxes, which includes breakfast and two cocktail beverages, please contact the hotel directly at 205-879-0400, option 0.


Please make sure you bring a laptop or tablet with you to this course.  Both initial certification attendees and recertification attendees need to do this, as you will need these to be able to take the exam at the conclusion of the course.  You will not be able use your phone to take the exam.  If you are bringing a work computer with you, please ensure you get with your IT/Computer security section people at your workplace ahead of this course to ensure that you will be able to logon to the hotel WIFI system, which might require your IT/Computer section to make an adjustment to security settings within the computer for you to logon to the hotel WIFI system.


Registration is limited for each class, so early registration is recommended. Registration fees in full are required along with a registration form. Phone registrations are accepted with credit card payment only. Tuition is for Initial $725 /Refresher $495. Registration fees must be received in advance. The registration fee, less 20%, is refundable if written notification is received 2 weeks prior to the program.

Use the link below to register online.