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International Noise Awareness Day! AIISH, Mysuru takes out walkathon

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Mysuru: The International Noise Awareness Day is celebrated on April 27  every year to sensitise people and raise awareness about the harmful effect of noise on hearing, health and quality of life.

This program was established by the centre for hearing and communication, United States in the year 1996.

To celebrate International noise awareness day, the Department of Audiology along with the National Service Scheme Units of All India Institute of Speech and Hearing (AIISH), organised a walkathon on Wednesday.

The rally was flagged off from Knowledge park, AIISH Mysore by L Nagendra, MLA, Director of AIISH Dr M Pushpavathi, Dr Prawin Kumar, HOD Audiology, Dr R Rajasudhakar, NSS Officer Unit 1, Dr Niraj Kumar Singh, NSS Officer, Unit 2, along with other department heads, teaching faculties, clinical staff and students were present during the flag off.

A total of 150 participants, out of which 125 NSS volunteers (UG and PG Audiology and Speech Langugae Pathology Students), 10 Junior Research fellows and 15 staff participated in the rally.

The rally was conducted to sensitise the public about harmful effects of noise on the health of an individual. Loud noise exposure causes a deleterious effect on the audio-vestibular system causing hearing loss, tinnitus, giddiness, and permanent damage to the hair cells in the ear. In addition, unwanted noise exposure also causes many psychological issues in day-to-day life such as headache, stress, depression, anxiety etc.

Noise induced hearing loss is second most common cause of hearing loss after age-related hearing loss. Noise exposure at the workplace causes irreversible, permanent hearing loss over time. Industrial workers, Factory workers, heavy vehicle drivers, traffic police officers etc., are at risk of developing noise-induced hearing loss in the long run.

These professionals should consider safeguarding their ears by using ear protective devices such as earplugs or earmuffs while working in noisy areas. One of the leading causes of hearing loss in the younger age group is the usage of earphones/ earbuds for listening to music.

There is a high risk of hearing loss in such individuals when music is played at a loud volume. It is essential to ensure that the volume control is never set beyond 60-70% of the maximum available volume limits on a mobile phone or a music player. Further, it is advisable to cut down the listening time to music and use speakers to listen to songs at a moderate volume.

Such measures can prevent causing hearing loss due to noise exposure. Since, as we all know PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!!

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