13-year-old publishes research paper showing hand dryers are too loud

Article by Meghan Holohan, MSN Today

When Nora Keegan would visit a restroom and use a hand dryer, she often thought it sounded too loud. Sometimes she’d notice other children stuffing their fingers in their ears to quiet the roar of the dryer while exasperated parents looked worried that their child was too sensitive. That’s when Nora, then 9, decided to measure sound coming from the hand dryers for a science fair project.

Nearly four years later, the Canadian journal Pediatrics & Child Health published a paper she wrote about the findings showing that Nora’s instinct was right.

“Sometimes after using hand dryers my ears would start ringing,” the 13 year old, soon-to-be ninth grader from Calgary, Canada, told TODAY Parents. “I started wondering that maybe (hand dryers) are too loud for our ears.”

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