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Noise pollution: Lagos tests 250 residents for hearing defects

Noise pollution: Lagos tests 250 residents for hearing defects
May 10
22:13 2023

The Lagos state government has carried out a free test for 250 residents to ascertain hearing defects caused by noise pollution.

The government carried out the test during the 8th edition of the ”noiseless Lagos” campaign, held at Ikeja.

It was organised by Lagos state environmental protection agency (LASEPA), in collaboration with the ministries of health and transportation.

Tunji Bello, the commissioner for environment and water resources, represented by Omobolaji Gaji, permanent secretary of the ministry, said noise pollution, both an environmental and public health issue, had become quite worrisome.


Bello said Lagos residents were known not to pay significant attention to the effect of noise pollution from long-time exposure which had led to gradual loss of hearing abilities among the populace.

He said this was the essence of offering free hearing tests to residents.

“Noise tolerance, however, varies based on source, situations, environment, individuals and cultures,” NAN quoted him as saying.


“It can also affect individuals differently, depending on several factors like noise type, duration, place and the moment it is generated.

“Exposure to noise can lead to annoyance, sleep disturbance, mood swings, the negative impact and also have an effect on the cardiovascular and metabolic system of man.

“Cognitive impairment in children has also been established, as well as psychological consequences for individuals, thereby affecting mental health, concentration, learning and productivity.

“Today’s theme is centred on vehicular noise, as a result of indiscriminate honking on the streets of Lagos by motorists, and this stakeholder’s engagement is to proffer solutions as well as provide free hearing tests for everyone.


“The Lagos state government will, therefore, continue to partner with relevant stakeholders to ensure improvement in the standard of living of residents of Lagos by advocating self-compliance in all facets of the environment.”

Olusegun Ogboye, permanent secretary, ministry of health, urged people to go for a hearing test, as early diagnosis would protect against further hearing loss.

”The earlier an audiologist can identify any issue through a hearing test, the easier the hearing loss is treated,” he said.

”Treating problems when they first arise can prevent long-term and permanent damage to your hearing.


“Any serious cases of hearing defects will be referred to our government hospitals for necessary attention.”



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