Preemie babies are getting a helping hand from Chris Smith, a man who noticed that his 5-week premature son was flinching from the bright lights in the neonatal intensive care unit and designed a system to soften the unit's lighting. Then the nurses asked him if he could do something about the noise level.
He found a way to manage the noise level by designing a system to monitor the levels of sound and flash warning lights whenever the volume starts to rise too high.
Babies born too soon lose the muffling effect of the womb before their ears can filter sound
While the system can't do much about the background noise from equipment that is in use, it's a great tool for helping to minimize the noise that people are contributing every time they're in the neonatal unit.