Hearing Loss Prevention

Noise-induced hearing loss continues to be a major concern for farmers in the midwest.  Below are materials that help explain how this type of hearing loss happens and what you can do to prevent it.

 

Fact sheet

Hearing loss among farmers and agricultural workers

 

Handout

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Handout explaining why hearing loss is a problem for farmers and some noises on the farm are loud enough to cause hearing loss (front). (Back) Chart showing noise levels of a variety of farm equipment and environments, and how long it is safe to be in or near them without hearing protection. Below the chart is a list of tips that can help prevent hearing loss. Handout explaining why hearing loss is a problem for farmers and some noises on the farm are loud enough to cause hearing loss (front). (Back) Chart showing noise levels of a variety of farm equipment and environments, and how long it is safe to be in or near them without hearing protection. Below the chart is a list of tips that can help prevent hearing loss. Handout explaining why hearing loss is a problem for farmers and some noises on the farm are loud enough to cause hearing loss (front). (Back) Chart showing noise levels of a variety of farm equipment and environments, and how long it is safe to be in or near them without hearing protection. Below the chart is a list of tips that can help prevent hearing loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Handout showing the pros and cons of different types of hearing protection on the front. On the back, it shows how to properly insert formable ear plugs. Child-friendly handout explaining why you should protect your ears and types of noises that can damage your hearing. On the back, there is a chart showing the sound level for several types of farm equipment and environments, and simple things you can do to prevent hearing loss.Handout explaining why hearing loss is a problem for farmers and some noises on the farm are loud enough to cause hearing loss (front). (Back) Chart showing noise levels of a variety of farm equipment and environments, and how long it is safe to be in or near them without hearing protection. Below the chart is a list of tips that can help prevent hearing loss.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posters

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   Poster showing common farm equipment and tools with average noise level in decibels and maximum time it is safe to be near that noise level without hearing protection Poster showing the levels of hearing loss, how they affect daily activities, and the sounds that are lost at each level.

 

 

 

 

 

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Interactive activities & teaching tools

Hair cell model activity – hands on activity using pipe-cleaners to model how hair cells are damaged.

Media

Hearing protection never too early or too late – Stephanie Leonard and Fred Gerr, Iowa Farmer Today, February 2015.

Pilot Research

  • 2015: Increasing the use of hearing protection among young adult swine confinement workers. J Rudolphi, D Rohlman, University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.
  • 2015: Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) Simulation and Hearing Protection Device Fit Testing. J Gibbs, M Cheyney, University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health.
  • 2013: Evaluation of Technology-based Interventions to Increase the Use of Hearing Protection among Adolescent Farmworkers in Iowa. K Khan, D Rohlman, S Tonelli, University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Iowa City, IA; A Winborn, Greater Johnson County Rural Health and Safety Clinic (RHSC).
  • 2008: Development of a task-based noise exposure database for agricultural grain farming operations, M Humann, UI DOEH, Iowa City
  • 2007: Evaluating noise exposures of rural youth. M Humann, University of Iowa (UI) Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (DOEH), Iowa City

Scientific publications

Sprince N, Park H, Zwerling C, Lynch C, Whitten P, Thu K, Burmeister L, Gillette P, Alavanja, M (2003). Risk factors for animal-related injury among Iowa large-livestock farmers: a case-control study nested in the Agricultural Health Study.  Jounal of Rural Health. 19(2): 165-73. [PMID: 12696853]