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©1991, The Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska on behalf of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension. All rights reserved.


Oh, for the peace and quiet of the country. Surely you have heard this statement. How true this was in years gone by. Now, however, the country environment is often filled with the noise of thumping cylinders, and turning gears in modern tractors — noises previously associated with cities have moved into rural areas.

What do the words sound and noise mean? Some people refer to sound as something pleasant. For example, a number of tones placed together might result in a beautiful symphony. However, if these notes are played too loudly or off key, they might be referred to as noise. One definition of noise is "a weed in the garden of sound."

This extension circular covers the effects of noise on the ears and contains tables showing the decibels that tractors emit.