Preschoolers suffer from excessive noise – survey

The Dominion Post 22/09/2009

At least one in five preschoolers are being exposed to excessive noise levels while they play, a survey by the Deaf Foundation has found. The survey of 65 early childhood centres found 20 per cent of children were so distressed by noise they put their hands over their ears or cried. More than a third of teachers reported buzzing or ringing in the ears and some hearing loss possibly the result of years of working in a noisy environment. Deaf Foundation spokesman Nigel Murphy said current legislation was failing to protect children and teachers, and noise-level monitoring was needed.