Noise: Every eighth child has hearing loss



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Noise: Every eighth child has a hearing loss. The information portal kindergesundheit-info.de of the Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA) has warned of the consequences of noise for children. According to the BzgA, every eighth child between eight and 14 years old in Germany has a hearing loss. The BzGA recommends measures that have been propagated by naturopathy for years.

(26.04.2010) The information portal kindergesundheit-info.de of the Federal Center for Health Education (BzgA) has warned of the consequences of noise for children. According to the BzgA, almost 13 percent of children between eight and 14 years old in Germany have hearing loss at least in one ear. The results come from a three-year study by the Federal Environment Agency.

In today's toy range in particular, there are many noise sources such as whistles, children's pistols, tin drums, flutes and trumpets, which achieve extreme values. But also environmental noise, from playing or living on busy streets, near airports or aisles and construction sites, can affect the whole organism of children. Because the constant noise, which children in large cities cannot escape, can lead to an increased release of stress hormones and also lead to nervousness, poor concentration, circulatory disorders, increased blood pressure and disturbed sleep. Noise normally occurs when children play, as an expression of age-appropriate development and joie de vivre, but this does not seem to stress the child's organism.

The consequences and possible damage usually develop slowly and unnoticed. If the hearing loss and damage were to be seen and felt in an older age, it would be irreversible. The countermeasures recommended by the BzgA are as simple as they are logical. Parents should avoid buying toys with top values ​​in noise pollution if possible. Furthermore, children should have rest rooms and phases and parents should lead them as a good example when dealing with noise. Noise pollution is naturally lower in nature, which is why parents and their children should choose to spend time in nature as often and as regularly as possible. However, there should also be room for children to let off steam and be loud themselves. Actually all claims that naturopathy has been propagating for years, but which are only now literally being heard. It is to be hoped that April 28, as the International Day of Action Against Noise, will raise public awareness of the issue so that parents and those who cause noise are sensitized. (TF)

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