Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Feature Article 

Sound Levels in Nursing Homes

Laura L. Joosse, PhD, RN

Abstract

Noise in nursing homes remains problematic despite attempts to create homelike environments. The purpose of this study was to examine nursing home sound levels. Eight nursing units in four not-for-profit nursing homes were studied. The findings of this study show sound levels ranged from 24 to 89.6 dBA, with averages of 52.91 to 59.46 dBA. Twenty-six percent of the sound was created by staff talking, while only 3% was directed at or included the residents. Findings suggest mealtime has the potential to create louder sounds, and staff talking may contribute significantly to overall sound levels.



Abstract

Noise in nursing homes remains problematic despite attempts to create homelike environments. The purpose of this study was to examine nursing home sound levels. Eight nursing units in four not-for-profit nursing homes were studied. The findings of this study show sound levels ranged from 24 to 89.6 dBA, with averages of 52.91 to 59.46 dBA. Twenty-six percent of the sound was created by staff talking, while only 3% was directed at or included the residents. Findings suggest mealtime has the potential to create louder sounds, and staff talking may contribute significantly to overall sound levels.



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Authors

Dr. Joosse is Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The author discloses that she has no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

Address correspondence to Laura L. Joosse, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0413; e-mail: lljoosse@uwm.edu.

Received: May 25, 2010
Accepted: December 09, 2010
Posted Online: April 13, 2011

10.3928/00989134-20110329-01

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