Hearing Loss in Iowa


People in Iowa have a very different life from those that live in other parts of the United States. Iowa is a very agricultural state, which means that there are many farmers, industrial manufacturers, and people working with heavy machinery. The  main thing these professions have in common with one another is that they are very loud.

We have actually coined a term called "Farmer Ear", which occurs when a person has been driving a tractor without hearing protection for a large portion of their life. Many farmers tend to turn around and check behind themselves multiple times a day. Whichever direction the farmer chooses to turn will generally result in a more serious hearing loss in the ear closest to the machinery.

In addition to the professions unique to Iowa, the activities that Iowans enjoy in their free time tend to also be very loud. Hunting and shooting are extremely popular in many rural parts of Iowa, and it is critical to use hearing protection when engaging in these activities. Fireworks shows, concerts, and loud trucks can also contribute to hearing loss, especially when hearing protection isn't properly used. 

Whether you live in the capitol city, Des Moines, or in one of the more rural towns like Red Oak, Creston, or Shenandoah, it is important to make sure that you take care of your hearing. If you are curious about what noises might be "too loud", take a look at this graph to see how dangerous the noise may be. 


Anything over 90 decibels (dB) is likely to cause some damage. It isn't just how loud the noise is, but how long you are around it. A good rule of thumb is the 60-60 Rule, which states that you should listen to headphones at 60% of their maximum volume, for no more than 60 minutes per day. 

For more information on hearing loss in Iowa, please read our guest spotlight posted on ClearValue Hearing - Hearing Loss State Spotlight - Iowa

Last Updated: 9/21/2016