Ambient Noise Levels in Nursing Homes Implications for Audiometric Assessment Research Article
Research Article  |   June 01, 2000
Ambient Noise Levels in Nursing Homes
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • James E. Lankford
    College of Health and Human Sciences, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115
  • Catherine M. Hopkins
    Hopkins Hearing Health, Warrenville, Illinois
  • Corresponding author: e-mail: jelank@niu.edu
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Hearing Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Healthcare Settings / Research Articles
Research Article   |   June 01, 2000
Ambient Noise Levels in Nursing Homes
American Journal of Audiology, June 2000, Vol. 9, 30-35. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2000/004)
History: Received June 25, 1999 , Accepted January 6, 2000
 
American Journal of Audiology, June 2000, Vol. 9, 30-35. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2000/004)
History: Received June 25, 1999; Accepted January 6, 2000

Conducting hearing tests and hearing screenings in the nursing home environment can be a challenge. One issue which may affect the validity of the test results is the level of ambient noise in those facilities when a sound-treated booth is not available. This study sampled the ambient noise levels in ten different nursing homes and compared those results to the ANSI S3.1-1999 criteria for maximum permissible ambient noise levels. Based on the results of this investigation, the use of insert earphones for air conduction assessments is recommended when a sound-treated booth is unavailable and noise levels exceed the ANSI criteria. Other suggestions regarding air-conduction and bone-conduction assessments are discussed.

Acknowledgments
Portions of this study were based on a thesis conducted by CMH as part of the requirements for a master’s degree at Northern Illinois University.
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