Noise-induced hearing loss continues to be a major concern for farmers in the midwest. Below are materials that help explain how this type of hearing loss happens and what you can do to prevent it.
Hearing loss among farmers and agricultural workers – why farmers and ag workers should be concerned about hearing loss
Display – three panels
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Hearing loss simulation
HLSim Hearing loss simulator – NIOSH PC-based hearing loss simulator (free for download)
HLSim Quick reference handout – handout describing installation and key features of HLSim
HLSim interactive activities handout – experiential learning scenarios for use with HLSim
Audio recordings – voice recordings and agricultural sounds for use in hearing loss simulators
Interactive activities & teaching tools
Youth hair cell model activity – hands-on activity using pipe-cleaners to model how hair cells are damaged. Can be used during the Youth Hearing loss prevention presentation.
Youth hearing loss prevention presentation – short presentation for elementary students in the classroom or participants at an Ag Safety Day. Includes embedded video and activities.
Youth hearing loss prevention script – suggested script to go with the Youth hearing loss prevention presentation
Middle school hearing loss prevention presentation – short presentation for middle school students in the classroom or for 4-H or FFA groups. Includes embedded video and activities.
Middle school hearing loss prevention script – suggested script to go with the Middle school hearing loss prevention presentation
Middle school hearing loss prevention activities – facilitator instructions and student worksheets for three hearing-related activities
- 2015: Increasing the use of hearing protection among young adult swine confinement workers. J Rudolphi, D Rohlman, University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
- 2015: Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) Simulation and Hearing Protection Device Fit Testing. J Gibbs, M Cheyney, University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health
- 2013: Evaluation of Technology-based Interventions to Increase the Use of Hearing Protection among Adolescent Farmworkers in Iowa. K Khan, D Rohlman, S Tonelli, University of Iowa, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, Iowa City, IA; A Winborn, Greater Johnson County Rural Health and Safety Clinic (RHSC)
- 2008: Development of a task-based noise exposure database for agricultural grain farming operations, M Humann, UI DOEH, Iowa City
- 2007: Evaluating noise exposures of rural youth. M Humann, University of Iowa (UI) Department of Occupational and Environmental Health (DOEH), Iowa City
Sprince N, Park H, Zwerling C, Lynch C, Whitten P, Thu K, Burmeister L, Gillette P, Alavanja, M (2003). Risk factors for animal-related injury among Iowa large-livestock farmers: a case-control study nested in the Agricultural Health Study. Jounal of Rural Health. 19(2): 165-73. [PMID: 12696853]