Several Psychoacoustic studies have consistently proven that speech perception and cognitive functions in children are influenced to a greater degree by listening conditions. The ability to recognize speech under conditions of noise (noise combined with reverberation) is constantly improving in children until their teenage years. The US National Library of Medicine has published an article summarizing the impact of noise on early learning.
Noise is defined by Merriam-Webster as a sound that lacks agreeable musical quality or is noticeably unpleasant. Meaning, it is a sound that is confused, loud, senseless, and disturbing to anyone who has to endure being around and hearing it.
Exposure to noise, especially chronic noise, can be harmful to humans, causing complications including NIHL or Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. Moreover, noise can pose more serious threats to younger children who are still developing physically and psychologically.
According to a study by Dr. Arline Bronzaft and Dr. Dennis McCarthy in 1975 (http://chchearing.org/), children whose classes were held in a classroom with hard surfaces (thus increasing reverberation) had lower reading scores compared to children who were situated in a more quiet place in the school. In another study, it was also found that children who are often exposed to noise confusion developed issues in terms of their temperament and social interaction.
Both studies, plus others that we can easily find in the internet, show how noise, especially in a classroom setting, can easily disrupt children from learning as much as they should be.
- Noise can make children develop slower in terms of speech and language. Since they cannot hear clearly what is being instructed, children who are exposed to noise during pivotal stages of development may poorly acquire good command of the language, may have speech problems, and are likely to have problems with listening and reading.
- Noise can impair children’s ability to learn and acquire knowledge. Noise, as defined above is any loud sound that is disturbing. This disturbance do not help children concentrate, especially in the classroom where they should be more focused on their teachers and their lessons. This easily affects their ability to learn and can slow down their mental progress.
- Hearing impairments can have life-long effects on children. Noise-Induced Hearing Loss is a permanent condition that is caused by high-level of noise. This affects both adult and children. If children develop hearing impairment at an early age, this can affect their entire life not just with regards to learning but in all aspects.
- Chronic noise can affect natural body systems. Exposure to loud noise can elevate blood pressure which could lead to cardiovascular ailments. Children who are chronically subjected to noise may develop these ailments even at such young age. Plus, it can even change his sleep patterns since noise can easily awaken anyone even from deep sleep.
These are but a few things that noise can do to harm helpless children, whether at home or in school. But it is highly critical to shield children from noise when they are in the classroom because this is where they are supposed to be learning, not suffering.
Here in Story Book Hollow, we want nothing but for our children to learn most during the time they spend with us here in our classrooms and facility in general. More than that, we also want to keep them physically and psychologically healthy, for them to reach their maximum potentials in life. Since we understand how noise can adversely affect their development, we made sure that all our classrooms are not just engaging, cheerful, and non-restrictive. We also made sure that they have soundproof mechanisms that filter disturbing sound from outside so children can better concentrate on their teachers and on their lessons. Story Book Hollow makes that our classroom environment does not dampen but instead develop children to attain their full competencies.
If you want to check out our facility and how noise-proof our classrooms are, we encourage you to schedule a campus visit with us soon.