Kenya Taylor, Ed.D.Educating the agriculture industry about hearing loss and conservation
Associate Professor of Communications, UNK
Many Nebraskans have a life-long involvement in agriculture…but what are the long-term effects of exposure to the deafening sounds of ag equipment? Kenya Taylor, associate professor of communication disorders at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, has focused her research for the past six years on agriculture noise exposure. During this time, her communications disorders department has tested over 5,000 Nebraskans involved in the agriculture industry. In those tests, 78% of children and adults screened have significant hearing loss due to noise exposure. That’s higher than in any other industry because unlike most other industries, agriculture is exempt from federal noise regulations.
Taylor is now working to provide education as well as hearing conservation counseling to those affected Nebraskans.