BANGKOK IS A GREAT CITY TO LIVE IN, BUT NO ONE WILL EVER SAY THAT IT’S A PEACEFUL ONE. THE CONSTANT STREAM OF CARS AND BUSES, MOTORCYCLES AND TUK-TUKS, BOATS AND TRAINS IS ENOUGH TO KEEP THE MINIMUM LEVEL OF NOISE AT A CONSTANT, DULL ROAR. THAT’S WHY…oh, there we go, I closed the window. Anyway, that’s why we’re very interested to have our latest speaker come to BkkSci to talk to us about her quest to make the powers that be take noise pollution and the danger that it can do to our ears seriously. Dr. Suchitra Prasansuk – a university professor, medical director, ontological adviser, government consultant, director of half a dozen medical organizations and a collector of letters after her name (MD, DLO (Vien.), DLO (Lon.) FICS, FRCS) – is a respected Otolarynologist, an expert on the workings of the inner hear and how it regulates our balance, speech, and hearing functions.
She is a driving force behind the campaign to make Bangkok a quieter city, helping to improve the protection of our ears from unnecessary damage. And lest you think it’s an unnecessary quest, take into account that World Health Organization guidelines list many noise-induced illnesses, some of which are sleep disruption, high blood pressure, memory deficits, cardiovascular diseases, negative social behavior, accidents and aggressiveness.
Dr. Prasansuk will tell us a bit about how the ear works, the part it plays in our everyday life, and the unique challenges that a city like Bangkok poses to a group who sees the risks, and are working hard for the auditory health of everyone who lives here.
Please note that Wed., Nov 28, is Loi Krathong.