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Have you heard? Hearing loss caused by farm noise is preventable. Young farmers' guide for selecting and using hearing protection.

Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2007-176, 2007 Nov; :1-8
Hearing protection is available from many sources including on the internet and in home improvement and farm stores. Remember, size matters! Not every earplug fits every ear. You may even need a different size for each ear. If you can't get at least half of the plug into the ear canal, or if it can't expand enough to stay firmly seated, you need a different size. Earmuffs may work well for you. These are often worn during hunting and shooting. Some have a built-in radio as well as electronic circuits to limit the noise. They allow you to listen to your favorite sports or music. They are usually easy to fit and convenient to put on and take off. They can also make great gifts. However, if you wear glasses, earrings or have facial hair, ear plugs may be a better choice to ensure proper fit and sound reduction.
Hearing; Hearing-loss; Hearing-conservation; Children; Agricultural-industry; Agriculture; Age-groups; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-sources; Education; Ear-protection; Hearing-protection; Protective-equipment; Personal-protective-equipment; Surveillance-programs
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2007-176
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division