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Addressing Hospital Noise

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Addressing Hospital Noise pollutions
Noise pollution is characterized by high degrees of clamor that can be annoying to the
recipient. Typically, a noise higher than 85dB can be irritating to the extent of causing hearing
problems, physiological outcomes, inadequate speaking concentration, and decreased privacy
(Begault, 2018).The hospital setting is composed of many sources of noise. For instance, alarms,
the television, radio, moving trolleys, beeping life support machines, power generators, or the
telephone. The human body’s response to noise is similar to that of stress, and repeated exposure
can impair health, especially to patients. With the modern-day technological advancements,
noise in hospitals has been increasing to ranges higher than the accepted standards (35-45 dB)
(Chuu, 2020). High levels of noise are compromising the quality of care, and it may have severe
effects on the staff’s health and patient outcomes. This proposal aims to illustrate how the
hospital's auditory environment can be made conducive to promote health.
High levels of noise affect a patient’s psychological well-being and sanity. For instance,
it increases patient aggressiveness. According to Mohammed (2020), in the surgical scenario,
patients who are exposed to noise need higher doses of sedatives than those in quiet
environments. The same patients also need more restrains and nursing care than those who have
been in a calm environment. Noises above 55 decibels in a hospital setting can also affect the
patient’s ability to sleep, which is vital for recovery. Lack of sleep can cause deliriums. Apart
from mental health, noise pollution also exposes patients to hypertension and ischemic heart
diseases (Münzel, 2018). Excess noise in hospitals may affect patients’ ability to rest, hence the
recovery rate. It may induce psychosis, stress, pain irritability, and even hypertension. Sounds
above 100dB have been reported even in intensive care units where patients require a serene
environment for recovery (Münzel, 2018).To sensitive patients, noises above 50dB may increase

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1 Addressing Hospital Noise Name Institution Course Instructor Date 2 Addressing Hospital Noise pollutions Noise pollution is characterized by high degrees of clamor that can be annoying to the recipient. Typically, a noise higher than 85dB can be irritating to the extent of causing hearing problems, physiological outcomes, inadequate speaking concentration, and decreased privacy (Begault, 2018).The hospital setting is composed of many sources of noise. For instance, alarms, the television, radio, moving trolleys, beeping life support machines, power generators, or the telephone. The human body’s response to noise is similar to that of stress, and repeated exposure can impair health, especially to patients. With the modern-day technological advancements, noise in hospitals has been increasing to ranges higher than the accepted standards (35-45 dB) (Chuu, 2020). High levels of noise are compromising the quality of care, and it may have severe effects on the staff’s health and patient outcomes. This proposal aims to illustrate how the hospital's auditory environment can be made conducive to promote health. High levels of noise affect a patient’s psychological well-being and sanity. For instance, it increases patient aggressiveness. According to Mohammed (2020), in the surgical scenario, patients who are exposed to noise need higher doses of sedatives than those in quiet environments. The same patients also need more restrains and nursing care than those who have been i ...
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