While I was looking in to farm hearing loss, I found this article by the South Dakota Extension’s research division on making your tractor quieter. The article gives detailed instructions for several ways to reduce noise exposure from tractors. Click here to see the article.
To go with today’s agricultural safety awareness week theme, here is a video introducing noise hazards. Hearing loss is the most common occupational illness in agriculture, with 78% of farmers experiencing some amount of hearing loss (source). Even though I haven’t worked on the farm regularly since I started college, I have slight hearing loss from farm work. A lot of us dismiss hearing loss as not being a big deal, but it can have a big effect on your day to day life. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can greatly reduce quality of life, and there isn’t much doctors can do about it if it is caused by noise exposure. The best way to prevent hearing loss and tinnitus is to reduce your exposure to noise, either by making noise sources quieter or by wearing hearing protection.