Hearing Conservation Courses
Directed by Sylvia Valverde, Au.D.
The basic objective of this course is to provide training which results in competence as an Occupational Hearing Conservationist (OHC). The OHC develops skills in various required elements of a hearing conservation program so that they can function successfully as a member of a hearing conservation team.
The course provides basic knowledge and practical use of modern equipment for management, safety directors and medical personnel. Manual and microprocessor audiometers are provided for participants' use during the course practicum. A written examination is required. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive a certificate of completion.
Physical acoustics and psycho-acoustics for the OHC
The typical audiometer; audiometer performance checks; methods of calibration; audiometric techniques
Supervised audiometric testing
Audiometric test room maintenance and certification
OSHA, Cal OSHA, & MSHA occupational noise control legislation
Personal hearing protective devices: types of attenuation characteristics, proper fitting
Noise survey, measurement and analysis
Responsibility to employees, administrative duties
Provider approved by California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16043 for 20 contact hours.
Certification is valid for 5 years.
In order to qualify for recertification, you must attend a course before your certification expires. There is no grace period. However, you can request an extension up to 30 days before the date of expiration on your certificate. To verify with CAOHC that your certification is still valid, click here. To request an extension, click here. Participants, not MEDI, are responsible for ensuring eligibility for recertification.
ATTENTION: CAOHC has recently made significant changes to its certification and recertification examination procedures. Due to these changes, MEDI strongly recommends reviewing material provided by CAOHC on their website (www.caohc.org) prior to attending the course. To find out more about these changes in the examination process, please read Kathryn Deppensmith's article here.
Beginning January 2021, you will now be required to bring a laptop computer or tablet to the class in order to take the final exam (CAOHC will no longer permit the use of paper exams). If you are unable to bring a laptop or computer to the class, please let MEDI know as soon as possible.
LOCATION: Hearing and Spirometry Courses are held at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 800 Mason Street, Vacaville, CA 95688. Please call 707-469-6200 for hotel reservations information. When making reservations, please reference our MEDI COURSE and the hotel will honor a special rate, which includes a hot breakfast each morning (call the hotel for current rate). If you will be flying in, the closest airport is the Sacramento International Airport. Oakland International Airport and San Francisco International Airports are additional options. You may use the map below for directions.
FEES: The Occupational Hearing Course fee includes: The required MEDI course manual, the CAOHC 5-year certification and coffee, tea and water each day. Courses begin on their corresponding dates starting promptly each morning at 8:00 AM and ending at 5:00 PM. The final day of the Hearing Conservation Course will end at 12:00 PM. Please note: Course fees do not include the CAOHC Hearing Conservation manual. The 5th edition of the CAOHC manual can be purchased here.