Noise matters for a neurosupportive environment
We understand that premature babies are exposed to a variety of stress inducers within the neonatal unit, one of these could be noise. The challenge is then to protect the baby from excessive noise levels but also to allow opportunities for positive sound stimulation. This is a delicate balance.
So, when is too loud? What is noise and what is a healthy stimulus? How does this contribute to the neurosupportive environment that these preemies need? As Specialists in Acute Care, we've spoken with experts from around the world to cover all aspects of this topic. Learn more about sound, how noise impacts preemies and everyone in the NICU and what can be done to make the changes needed to improve the auditory environment and babies’ outcomes.
Discover what infants hear
Do you understand sound physically? Watch our video series with Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Juergen Tchorz and learn more about the feeling of a decibel, a-weighting, how sound moves through various mediums and what this means for infants.
Incorporate positive sounds
The NICU has evolved in the past 30 years. How are we thinking about noise now? How is noise affecting you and the parents in your unit? What about positive sound stimulation?
Listen to the expert Carole Kenner, PhD, RN and learn more:
Reduce & monitor noise with the right NICU design
What are the 3 things you must consider when it comes to noise control and NICU design? Are you monitoring noise in your NICU? Where should we be monitoring?
Listen to the expert Dr. Robert White, MD and learn more:
Create a developmental friendly NICU
How do we know the infant is experiencing noise stress? How might this affect them later? Hear about some noise reduction best practices and how to get your hospital on board!
Listen to the expert Mary Coughlin, RN, MS, NNP and learn more:
Are we monitoring noise where it really matters?
Implementing sound solutions
Creating a sound environment