Acoustic Injuries in Agriculture

James E. Lankford and Deanna K. Meinke

Key words: noise hazards, hearing loss, hearing tests, equipment noise reduction

It is paradoxical that the quiet rural farm is also the same environment where periods of high intensity noise may result in hearing loss among agricultural workers. The U.S. National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) estimates that noise is a significant occupational health hazard for 84% of the agricultural workforce. Since health and safety professionals may encounter agricultural workers with concerns about hearing loss prevention, hearing loss identification and hearing rehabilitation, this chapter was written to inform the reader about these issues as they relate to farming (1).

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