Bethesda, Md — The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) has just published new hearing health materials aimed at families who live and work on the farm.
“It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing” is a national public education campaign designed to increase awareness among parents of children ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The new materials can be downloaded on the Noisy Planet website.
Farming is loud work. Squealing pigs, grinding combines, whirring power tools, and the sound of engines from large motor vehicles can add up to a lot of noise. Without proper protection, the noise can permanently damage the tiny sensory cells in the inner ear, causing noise-induced hearing loss.
For this reason, the NIDCD has produced materials for parents of children who live and work on a farm to help them develop healthy hearing habits and protect their hearing for life.