Noise-induced hearing loss in agriculture: creating partnerships to overcome barriers and educate the community on prevention.
Noise Health 2011 Mar-Apr; 13(51):142-146
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is a common and preventable injury for farmers. Farmers are frequently exposed to excessive noise, ranking among the top three occupations and industries with the highest risk for hearing loss. Use of hearing protection among farmers is not common. Although the age when NIHL begins among farmers is unknown, its prevalence is higher among male adolescents who live and work on farms. The purpose of this paper is to describe how NIOSH created partnerships to promote hearing conservation for this hard-to-reach population. Partnerships included organizations and individuals who were trusted sources of information for the target population, young farmers 14-35 years of age and their families, and those who had linkages in rural communities. NIOSH engaged partners through exhibits and train-the-trainer workshops at state or national conventions. NIOSH workshops included basic information on NIHL as well as information on free or low-lost resources that participants could use in training others at schools and community events. People with hearing conservation expertise have an important role and many opportunities to improve the knowledge and implementation of hearing conservation among those in agriculture.
Age-factors; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Behavior-patterns; Children; Education; Hearing-conservation; Hearing-protection; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Noise-protection; Protective-measures; Qualitative-analysis; Safety-education; Statistical-analysis; Training; Work-areas; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Surveillance-programs;
Author Keywords: Hearing loss; agriculture; partnerships
Janet J Ehlers, NIOSH-Taft Laboratories, Division of Surveillance, Health Effects and Field Studies, 4676 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998, USA
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing; Construction; Manufacturing
Noise & Health