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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 104  |  Page : 28--33

Noise pollution in hospitals – A study of public perception

Nitte Institute of Speech and Hearing, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Bennet Elsa Joseph
Nitte Institute of Speech and Hearing, Medical Sciences Complex, Nithyanandanagar, Mangalore, Karnataka 575018
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/nah.NAH_13_20

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Introduction: Hospitals are categorized under silent zone, but noise pollution in this setup is inevitable. The noise in hospitals may have adverse effects on the patients, caregivers and professionals working in hospitals. Aim: The aim of the study was to determine awareness of public regarding noise pollution in hospitals, its health effects and mitigation measures. Method: The present study was an internet-based questionnaire survey. The questionnaire consisted of a common Section-I for all participants and an additional Section-II for participants of the study who were Audiologists. Descriptive statistical analysis was done on the acquired data. Results: 174 completed questionnaires were received and analysed, out of which 108 were general public and 66 were Audiologists. The data analysis revealed that the public is aware of the presence of noise in hospitals, some of its overt health effects and measures that can be taken to control the noise pollution in hospitals. Only 22.7% Audiologists who participated in the study were aware of the more technical aspects like permissible noise level in hospitals and their response was similar to that of the general public. Conclusion: Though the public is aware of some of the basic facts related to noise in hospitals, there is a need to create public awareness and to train Audiologists regarding hearing conservation program in hospital setups.


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