“Nothing can restore lost hearing. Once it’s gone, it’s gone!” says Karen Funkenbusch of the MU Extension. Karen recommends that agricultural workers that are around or operating loud farm equipment on a daily basis should use hearing protection. She even says that individuals who wear hearing protection are more likely to end the day with less anxiety, stress or fatigue. Hearing protection also means repairing your equipment and checking for loose, squeaky, or noisy parts and to keep all necessary moving parts lubricated.
Noise levels about 85db can cause severe hearing loss. Examples of common sounds above this include gunshots, firecrackers, grain dryers, chain saws, rock bands, circular saws, squealing pigs or even a tractor idling 6 feet away. Karen says “If you need to raise your voice to talk to someone an arms length away, the noise is probably loud enough to damage your hearing.”
KMZU’s Josh Brunscher speaks with Karen about how to protect your hearing and some main things to remember in the field. Click below to listen.
For more information, contact Karen Funkenbusch at MU Extension’s AgrAbility Project or by calling 1-800-995-8503.