Noise and its ef­fects on chil­dren

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Su­liasi Bola, Suva Noise is any un­wanted sound and is of­ten dis­missed sim­ply as a “nui­sance.” How­ever, noise can be­come harm­ful when it in­ter­feres and dis­rupt child’s learn­ing in school. Some schools have noise lev­els (1-3) where chil­dren should ad­here to, but to no suc­cess. Teach­ers are con­cerned about noise level in most of our schools which can pose a se­ri­ous threat to a child’s phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal health, in­clud­ing learn­ing and be­hav­iour. Re­search shows that noise can in­ter­fere with speech and lan­guage devel­op­ment. Re­peated ex­po­sure to noise dur­ing crit­i­cal pe­ri­ods of devel­op­ment may af­fect a child’s ac­qui­si­tion of speech, lan­guage, and lan­guage-re­lated skills, such as read­ing and lis­ten­ing. Se­condly it can im­pair learn­ing be­cause of the in­abil­ity to con­cen­trate in a noisy en­vi­ron­ment. Thirdly it im­pairs a child’s hear­ing. A child will feel a buzzing sound in the ear and this is a symp­tom associated with many forms of hear­ing loss be­cause it re­sulted from pro­longed ex­po­sure to high lev­els of noise. Where is the gap? At home it’s si­lence and typ­i­cal speech. At school, teach­ers ex­pect the same, but be­tween homes and school is a busy city traf­fic, loud mu­sic in­side the bus, walk-mans, jack ham­mer, am­bu­lance, etc. No won­der chil­dren speak loudly or raise their voices in school. Our teach­ers will con­tinue to strug­gle to cre­ate a quiet learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Who knows in the near fu­ture our chil­dren will be wear­ing child-sized hear­ing pro­tec­tion aid, such as earplugs or ear­muffs as part of their school uni­form.

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