GREAT BAY, Sint Maarten (DCOMM) – The
Collective Prevention Services (CPS), urges the population, especially adults,
parents, and guardians to be aware that exposure to loud music can cause
hearing damage, especially in young children, and as such it is important to
protect them from loud pitches, tones and in general overly loud music by
avoiding these as much as possible, and avoid standing in close proximity of
speakers of sound trucks.
Noise, like all sounds, is measured by the
intensity and frequency of the sound waves that hit the ear. The unit used to
measure the volume of sound is the decibel (dB). The greater the number of
decibels, the louder the noise and the more harmful it is to the ears.
Environmental noise exposure, such as road
traffic, aircraft and/or sudden high-level noise, is associated with a range of
health outcomes in children. Children demonstrate annoyance responses to noise,
and noise is also related to lower well-being and stress responses, such as
increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline.
Prolonged exposure can result in damage, which
can be irreversible, and parents and guardians are being advised to pay
attention to this during the Children’s Parade and the two other large Carnival
Hearing loss may be mild, moderate, severe, or
profound. It can affect one ear or both ears, and leads to difficulty in
hearing conversational speech or loud sounds.
CPS advises parents to monitor their children
during Carnival activities that they don’t stand near speakers with loud music
as this could be damaging to the child’s ear.
Take the following steps to minimize the risks
and protect your child from the physical and psychological effects of noise:
Ensure that he or she wears child-sized hearing protection, such as earplugs or
earmuffs, during noisy activities and events. Limit the amount of time spent on
Instruct him or her to walk away from sources
of loud noises. Have your child’s hearing tested if he/she routinely
participates in noisy activities, such as playing an instrument or attending
musical activities or sporting events.