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Study: Preschool Teachers at Higher Risk of Hearing Problem

The findings suggested that hearing loss and tinnitus -- sensation of hearing sounds in ears -- were the second most common symptoms affecting preschool teachers

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Study: Preschool Teachers at Higher Risk of Hearing Problem
Study: Preschool Teachers at Higher Risk of Hearing Problem. Pixabay

Seven out of 10 female preschool teachers suffer from hearing problems, finds a study that linked the profession with a higher risk than others’ exposed to noise.

It is because the preschool teachers are regularly exposed to voices and screams that often convey important information and is difficult to avoid, unlike in an industrial environment, as they have to listen to the children.

“Preschool teachers have a much higher risk than those who work in environments with a similar noise rating. The symptoms can be triggered by the boisterous environment, and it’s also difficult to use hearing protection,” Sofie Fredriksson from Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden said in a statement.

“We have an occupational group with much higher risk for these symptoms, and if nothing is done about it, it’s really alarming. We have to lower sound levels, have a calmer preschool,” Fredriksson explained.

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The findings suggested that hearing loss and tinnitus — sensation of hearing sounds in ears — were the second most common symptoms affecting preschool teachers.

Among the group of 4,718 women who participated in the study, while 71 per cent experienced sound-induced auditory fatigue making them unable to listen to the radio, 46 per cent had trouble understanding speech.

Similarly, 39 per cent said that they experienced discomfort or physical pain in their ears from everyday sounds that are not necessarily loud at all, at least once a week.

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“Hearing protection devices are normally the main intervention if the sound level cannot be reduced in another way, and it may be necessary if you have a child who subjects your ears to crying for a whole day during their introductory period at preschool,” Fredriksson suggested.

“But the design of the premises and room acoustics also have to be considered. In a large room with solid walls, it becomes noisy no matter how educational and strategic you are in your work,” she added. (IANS)

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Students Want Interactive Teachers to Keep Them off Technology

But a majority of the instructors feel that banning technology in class is not an answer

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FILE - Fifth grader Ashlynn De Filippis, left, solves math problems on the DreamBox system as teacher Heather Dalton, center rear, works with other students in class at Charles Barnum Elementary School in Groton, Connecticut, Sept. 20, 2018.
Students feel it is the professors’ responsibility to ensure they do not surf the web or use social media in classrooms, a study suggests.
For the study, published in the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, researchers surveyed 478 undergraduates and 36 instructors on their perception of technology use in class.
“While students felt that it was their choice to use the technology, they saw it as the instructors’ responsibility to motivate them not to use it,” said Elena Neiterman, Professor at the University of Waterloo in Canada.
“Some students said that instructors need to be more entertaining to keep students engaged in the classroom, but this is a big task, given that we are not employed in the entertainment industry,” she said.
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FILE – Students surf the internet in their dorm room at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., April 24. (VOA)
Nine per cent of the students found course materials on other’s laptop as distracting while 49 per cent found non-course materials on others screens were distracting them.
During the study, instructors saw technology as useful for providing accessible education, but it was also distracting for them – 68 per cent were bothered by the use of phones in the classroom.
Only 32 per cent were bothered by the use of laptops and tablets, probably because they assume that laptops and tablets are used by students for class work.
Some instructors also reported that off-task technology not only affected student learning but also hindered their own ability to teach effectively.
But a majority of the instructors feel that banning technology in class is not an answer. (IANS)