Farmer’s Preferences for Hearing Protection Devices: Do Educational Interventions Work?

Although 44% of Midwestern farmers reported noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) symptoms, less than one third report using hearing protection devices (HPDs) when working around loud noises. Few studies have evaluated which HPD models farmers prefer to wear, and how educational activities may influence this preference. Dr. Gibbs will be discussing current research on farmer’s priorities and preferences for HPD types, as well as the impact of several hearing conservation education activities.

At the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the prevalence of Noise-Induced-Hearing-Loss (NIHL) symptoms among farmers.
  2. List farmer’s top priorities and concerns when choosing hearing protection devices.
  3. Learn about the best HPD models to promote in agricultural hearing conservation campaigns.
  4. Learn more about how to implement successful hearing conservation educational activities.
Categories: Hearing Loss Prevention, Personal Protective Equipment