Rest and recuperate? Hospital rooms can be as noisy as chainsaws, reveals study

Rest and recuperate Hospital rooms can be as noisy as chainsaws, reveals study Noise levels in study hospital exceeded recommended levels even at night Relaxing Many patients complain it is difficult to recuperate in noisy wards Hospital rooms are notorious for being noisy – but a new study has revealed that sound levels may sometimes spike to nearly that of a chainsaw. 'The hospital environment is certainly not a restful environment,' said study leader Vineet Arora, at the University of Chicago. In a study of about 100 adult patients at their medical centre, she and her colleagues found that noise levels in patient rooms at night tended to be lower than during the day, but almost always exceeded recommendations for average and maximum noise level

Loud iPods most common cause of hearing damage (and irritate fellow passengers)

Turn down the volume! Loud iPods overtake noisy workplaces as most common cause of hearing damage Too loud Blocking out train noises with music could be damaging your hearing Millions of commuters risk hearing damage because they have set the volume level too high on their MP3 players. In the past, loud workplaces were blamed for causing the majority of harmful noise