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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