Ahead of the National Ploughing Championships, Hidden Hearing has ‘cultivated’ the decibel levels of various pieces of farm machinery and farm animals that can contribute to early hearing loss.
With over 300,000 people expected to attend the National Ploughing Championships this week and excitement building for the biggest agri-event of the year, hearing experts Hidden Hearing have produced research that highlights the high risk of noise-induced hearing loss in members of the farming community.
Any noise over 80 decibels can cause noise-induced hearing loss when exposed for long periods.
Farmers and those in manual labour industries are at a higher risk of suffering from early hearing loss as a result.
Ears to the ground: Farm machinery’s toll on hearing
Hidden Hearing reviewed the decibel levels of 21 different types of farm machinery to create a table of the loudest machinery.
19 out of the 21 pieces of farm machinery included in the research have noise levels above the 80db level that can cause hearing loss, with shotguns, combine harvesters, balers, and tractors among the loudest equipment.
Even just 15 minutes exposed to noise 100db and over, you will start to damage your hearing.
Any exposure longer than 15 minutes at a decibel level over 100 can have a detrimental impact on your hearing and can cause lifelong damage.
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Full decibel chart
Check out the full decibel chart for farming machinery below and you will be shocked at how loud things really get on the farm.
Part two of this article to follow on www.thatsfarming.com – it looks at farm animals.
See more farming news on www.thatsfarming.com including this article on: 6 signs of hearing loss and how to take an online test