According to U.S. News and World Report, more than one third of America’s 3 million farmers have hearing loss caused by daily exposure to loud machinery and livestock. Since federal regulations only apply to the largest of farms, many smaller farmers are on their own when recognizing their likelihood of hearing loss. The risks have been known for decades, but, over the last five years, they have become more widely recognized as researchers and federal agencies are trying to educate farmers and their children on the dangers of hearing loss and the importance of wearing sound-cutting earmuffs or ear plugs.
Now realizing the effects that the day-to-day operations of a running a farm have had on their hearing, many farmers are more likely to protect themselves and younger generations. Manufacturers of farming equipment are also trying to protect users by designing their machinery to be quieter. †
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