Noise Level in Different Places of Dhaka Metropolitan City (DMC) and Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in Dhaka City Dwellers

A cross sectional, exploratory study was designed at “National Center for Hearing and Speech for Children” (NCHSC), Dhaka, Bangladesh, from May 2001 to June 2002, with a view to determine the average noise level in different places of Dhaka Metropolitan City (DMC), and also aiming at evaluating the extent of Noise-induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) in different groups of city dwellers and finally a base line information. A total of 32 places in DMC were selected randomly. The highest noise level recorded 104 dB at Sayedabad bus terminal and the lowest 68 dB in Banani and Baridhara residential area. In silent zone ofDMC, average noise level was 79 dB” in residential zone 72 dB, in commercial zone 90 dB, and in mixed zone average noise level was recorded at 91 dB. Measured noise levels were more than acceptable and permissible levels in all places of DMC.


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