Volume No. 7 Issue No.: 2 Page No.: 794-801 Oct. - Dec. 2012

 

ADVERSE EFFECTS OF NOISE ON HOMEMAKERS OF SELECTED AREA IN VADODARA, INDIA

 

Parikh Saloni * and Shukul Maneesha

Department of Family and Community Resource Management, Faculty of Family and Communality Sciences, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Vadodara (INDIA)

 

Received on : July 10, 2012

 

ABSTRACT

 

Noise, the unwanted sound, has several ill- effects on people when exposed constantly. Vehicular noise is increasing in cities like Vadodara, India. To find out adverse effects of noise on residents of main city area of Vadodara which has high vehicular movement, a study was undertaken on 30 homemakers who were interviewed and were asked to state the extent to which they were adversely affected by the noise generated on their road. Disturbance in sleep was experienced by more than three fourth of the respondents, a little less than that experienced headache and hindrance in conversation to a great extent. The sound measured on the road was 93.04 dB in the morning and 97.64 dB in the evening against the recommended 55 dB. The extent to which various measures were taken to reduce noise entering in the house was found to be low in more than three fourth of the houses. The study emphasized a need to make homemakers aware about adopting measures to reduce noise entering in the house so as to safeguard one’s health. It also reflected a need to make people aware about making individual efforts to reduce noise generation for which educational institutions need to play a major role.

 

Keywords : Noise, Adverse effects of noise, Educational institutions, Houses, Vehicular movement

 

 

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