Silence Heals- CMRI join hands with Kolkata Police to cut the noise pollution
News Desk, News Nation 360 : Noise pollution is one of the most prevalent issues in today’s time affecting across all age groups. According to the reports of the World Health Organization, every living entity will be significantly impacted by continuous exposure to noise levels exceeding 85 dB. On a day-to-day basis, numerous disorders develop due to the psychological and physiological impacts of noise pollution on human health. CMRI along with Kolkata Police has taken a collaborative initiative called “Silence Heals” to take necessary safeguards towards noise pollution. Dr NVK Mohan, Otologist, ENT and Cochlear Implant Surgeon – CMRI - CK Birla Hospitals; Dr Suman Mitra, Consultant, Internal Medicine – CMRI - CK Birla Hospitals; Alok Sanyal, ACP traffic; Sanghamitra Mukherjee, Director, Gokhale Memorial School; Indrani Mitra, Principal, Gokhale Memorial School; and Sujoy Prasad Chatterjee, Artist-Curator-Communicator came together to discussed 0.03 unknowingly exposed to. One of the major concerns
today is how people are unknowingly subjecting themselves to unacceptable levels of noise on a daily basis. Constant loud noise is the primary source of increasing stress levels and blood pressure levels in individuals. People should be aware that the maximum sound level a gadget can produce is 110 to 115 dB; which is enough to make a person turn deaf or cause permanent loss of hearing. Some interesting examples of sound from our daily life activities include quiet breathing which accounts for 10 dB, and a whispered voice can go up to 30 dB. Dr NVK Mohan, Consultant – Otologist, ENT and Cochlear Implant Surgeon – CMRI - CK Birla Hospitals stated that whether it be in traffic, at the gymnasium, at nightclubs or by prolonged use of headphones or earphones we are consistently subjecting ourselves to unacceptable levels of loud noise. While prolonged exposure to noises above 85 dB can lead to hearing loss, sudden exposure to noises at 140 dB can cause deafness instantaneously. Studies have unfortunately shown that up to 1 in 9 teenagers engage in at least one risky behaviour which endangers their hearing and 1 in 6 actually show some symptoms of hearing loss. According to Dr Suman Mitra, Consultant, Internal Medicine, CMRI- CK Birla Hospitals, Kolkata, the importance of sound is essential in life but when the level of pollution goes above a certain level, it affects life in different ways. Many times it has been seen that the tendency to have diabetes or a heart attack increases due to excessive noise. Even the incidence of stroke increases under the influence of noise pollution. It severely causes several health issues in daily life including increased blood pressure levels, the incidence of acute heart attack, fluctuating pressures and racing pulses, and also tends to increase the stress hormones like cortisol in the human body. The best way to prevent noise-induced hearing loss is to practise and inculcate certain basic healthy habits like 1) Rule of 60 - Headphones or earphones should not be used beyond 60% volume of the device and for no more than 60 minutes a day. Noise-cancelling headphones are better in this regard. 2) Avoid noisy places/nightclubs/concerts. If you cannot avoid it use foam earplugs, stay as far away from the source of noise as possible, and limit time spent there. 3) If you have early/warning signs of ear damage, seek immediate attention from your ENT surgeon. 4) Practise general habits for ear care like avoiding the usage of earbuds or bathing in dirty water. 5) Lastly, do not contribute to the problem by honking, using loudspeakers/sound boxes etc. According to Sombrata Roy, Unit Head-CMRI, CK Birla Hospitals, Kolkata, noise pollution is an increasing menace in today’s time affecting the population across all age groups. At CMRI, they have a specialised ENT team which is well-equipped to take care of complex ENT procedures and fight deafness. They are committed to the community and would emphasize their campaign- Silence Heals.
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Report : Anustup Kundu