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4th March, 2017
Shh Shh Shh.....Baat Nahi Karo: Hospitals should be Silence Zones

Noise is a well-recognized problem in hospitals. Air-conditioning systems, medical devices, phones, pagers, alarms, people movement, conversations etc. all constitute background noise in hospitals. Adding to this is the traffic-related noise, as many hospitals may be located in congested areas.

Noise has been recognized as an environmental stressor, which has both physiological and psychological effects. A growing body of literature has demonstrated the potential negative impact of noise pollution in hospitals on patients as well as doctors. Noise disrupts sleep, both quantity and quality of sleep. Sleeping is one way that the body recuperates and recovers from damage. A well-rested body is up to meeting the challenges and stress of daily life. Hence, sleep is very important for patient recovery. A noisy environment also weakens the immune system, increases BP and heart rate and adversely affects wound healing, pain management. Being exposed to constant noise may cause anxiety, stress and increase blood pressure. All these can delay patient recovery and increase hospital stay.

Not only patients, doctors too are not left untouched by the negative impact of noise. Reduced concentration, headache, anxiety, annoyance/irritability resulting in reduced work efficiency are some of the outcomes of noise pollution.
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Unidentified hearing loss—the most significant cause of disabling auditory impairment
An individual is said to have a disabling auditory loss if he or she has a hearing loss of greater than 40 decibels or greater than 30 dB in the better hearing ear of an adult or a child, respectively.
New Delhi, March 03, 2017: According to World Health Organisation (WHO), around the globe 360 million people (five percent of the world’s population) suffer from disabling hearing impairment. Various surveys suggest that a large proportion of population with disabling hearing loss lives in third world or developing countries like Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, National President, Indian Medical Association (IMA) and President Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) and Dr RN Tandon – Honorary Secretary General IMA in a joint statement said that “As per WHO statistics, about 6.3% of Indian population is suffering from significant auditory loss.
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