Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices

Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Medical Devices
Open Access

ISSN: 2475-7586

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Sophia Makepeace

Department of Biomedical Engineering, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, New Jersey, USA

  • Research Article   
    Noise-reducing Insert for NICU Incubator
    Author(s): Sophia Makepeace*

    Premature infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are at risk for hearing impairment, cognitive development abnormalities, and intraventricular hemorrhaging due to high noise levels. Nearly 400,000 infants are admitted into the NICU in the United States each year, and this number continues to increase. Up to 10% of these preterm infants are diagnosed with hearing impairment in comparison to only .1% for the general pediatric population. Noises from the CPAP machine and other life-sustaining devices along with external human noise in the NICU, sound levels average around 62 dB and can reach up to 120 dB. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends noise levels should be lower than 45 dB. Existing incubators on the market do not address this noise issue. The designed solution is to create an adjustable foam insert that can be fitted to a.. View More»
    DOI: 10.35248/2475-7586.21.6.152

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