By Arwen Hann
- Child screams and impact on teacher and carer hearing "What did you say? I can’t hear you. I’m cuddling a circular saw!"
- Practical things you can do to change the environment and manage and reduce noise levels
- Your service's legal responsibilities in regard to noise control and protection
- The Hearing Status and Exposure to Noise of Early Childhood Staff Published in the: NZ Research in ECE Journal, Vol.12, 2009.
- Noise in early childhood centres and how safe is the noise? Published in the NZ Research in ECE Journal, Vol.8, 2005.
- “A Kind of Serene Feeling Washing Over the Centre”: the Use of Background Music to Improve the Auditory Environment in an Early Childhood Centre Setting". Published in: The NZ Research in ECE Journal, Vol.10, 2007.
Children are by nature noisy, and working in an early childhood setting can therefore be a noisy working environment particularly during bad weather when children are stuck indoors all day.
Employers do have a duty to try and keep noise down and protect worker’s hearing but this can be difficult when dealing with children and so those working in the ECE sector can be at risk of hearing loss.
For many people hearing loss happens gradually and they often don’t notice it deteriorating but there are a number of things which may indicate hearing loss.
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