Ever wonder how much ambient noise is too much?
The authors of this article from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America report that ambient noise may be the “new secondhand smoke.”
In 2019, these researchers found that levels as low as 30 dBA can have negative health consequences. This study reveals the potential health risks associated with excessive ambient noise. The authors discuss the implications of these findings and as well as the need for information and standards for noise control to tackle the noise problems our society is facing.
Fink D (2019). Ambient noise is “the new secondhand smoke.” J Acoustical Soc Amer 146:2835.
Lack of Physical Activity and Obesity in Individuals with Self-Identified Hearing and/or Visual Difficulties
It is reasonable that lack of physical activity would be one thing associated with obesity, but could difficulties hearing and/or seeing also be a factor influencing that relationship? What about gender? Pardhan and colleagues (2021) used data collected from the 2017 Spanish National Health Survey to evaluate the relationship between physical inactivity and obesity by…
Do you remember why Joseph Sauveur is important to our profession? If you do, you could have done better than a recent contestant on the legendary gameshow, Jeopardy. The question posed was: “Born hearing-impaired in 1653, Joseph Sauveur studied sound vibrations and coined this word for the science he pioneered.” While I was impressed that…
Sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) can occur with or without symptoms of vertigo/vestibular dysfunction. In a recent study, investigators sought to determine the contribution of audiogram classification when evaluating vestibular dysfunction in those with SSNHL. A total of 50 subjects who had experienced SSNHL were divided into two groups, one without vertiginous symptoms and one…