Hearing sensitivity of women in the farming community
Theiler, Mary Lyn
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Survey responses from three groups of women (817 women) and audiometric thresholds of 967 women were summarized to describe their noise exposure in farming, to quantify noise-induced hearing loss among the group, and to determine if females were primarily responsible for health care decisions within the farm family. Results indicated that women may exhibit a noise-induced hearing loss and could be increasingly exposed to high intensity noise levels both in farming and nonfarming environments. Most women were not using hearing protection on a consistent basis but indicate interest and willingness. Educational programs targeting both females and males of all ages in farming should be intensified. The primary role of the women in being the farm family health care manager should be recognized. Focusing the education information on these women may be an efficient approach to the prevention, assessment, and rehabilitation of hearing loss among all individuals in the farming community.