Sound Levels In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Sound levels in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are a source of environmental stress to already vulnerable premature infants. Many physiological changes occur when premature infants are exposed to high levels of auditory stimulation and sound levels greater than 45 decibels. This systematic review encompasses several studies exploring the long term auditory and neurological developmental issues in a neonate exposed to excessive auditory stimulation. The early transition from the mother's womb is already stressful. This stress combined with excessive auditory stimulation of the NICU can ...
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