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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 84  |  Page : 256--259

Determination of the level of noise in nurseries and pre-schools and the teachers' level of annoyance


1 Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Memorial Health Group Ankara Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
2 Department of Audiology, Gazi University Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Correspondence Address:
Ozan Gokdogan
Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Memorial Health Group Ankara Hospital, 06500 Balgat, Ankara
Turkey
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.192475

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Objective: The aim of this article is to determine the level of noise in nurseries and pre-schools and also to compare measured levels with standard levels and evaluate the teachers’ level of annoyance. Materials and Methods: The level of noise was measured in three different schools. A total of 162 students, whose ages were between 3 and 6 years, and 12 teachers were included the study. Every age groups’ level of noise was measured during sleeping, gaming, and eating activity. In addition, teachers’ annoyance was assessed in different age groups. Results: The 4- to 6-year-old groups were found to have higher level of sounds than 3-year-old group. Eating period was found to be the highest level of sound whereas sleeping was found the lowest. Furthermore, teachers’ annoyance was found higher as the age decreased. Conclusion: Nurseries and pre-schools have noisy environment both for the students and the teachers. High level of noise, which has bad effects on health, is a public health problem. Both the students’ families and teachers must be aware of this annoying situation.






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