What’s the Volume of Your Home?

Extremely loud sounds do not simply hurt— they can damage hearing.

By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | May 30, 2012

A baby’s scream can reach around 122 decibels— enough to damage hearing.

Working on an article a few years ago I learned that hearing damage is cumulative. Each time you are exposed to a loud noise, you acquire a little bit of damage to your hearing. A louder noise, another larger bit of damage. (Google for specifics on noise and hearing damage.) Before long those bits of damage add up and may now prevent you from hearing certain voices clearly or muffles other sounds.

What does this have to do with parenting and children? Lots, but mainly the atmosphere of your home. I’m thinking of ‘noise pollution’ and how it affects everyone from the tiniest newborn to Grandma & Grandpa. In our homes you may find it in a blaring TV, a child’s toy or an appliance. The sweetest Bach can make you wince if it’s too loud. Noise interrupts thought, can disturb sleep and some say cause cardiovascular and hormonal disturbances. Depending on the type of sound and loudness, it can tear at your nerves. This pollution is in many places in our world but you can control the noise levels in your own. You can buy quieter appliances and toys. The TV can be left off when nobody is watching (Guilty). More importantly, you can lower the volume at which you speak to other family members. When we speak softer, they respond more softly.

Learn more about noise and hearing damage. Discuss it with your family. Everyone can play an important part in creating a quieter, more pleasant environment.

Check out these URLs on hearing and noise:

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

Hearing loss

Decibel (Loudness) Comparison Chart

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered for more than twenty years for children and family issues. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and "Parent Rap" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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