How Noise Pollution Affects Us All

by Eddy Tuesday January 17th 2023

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Noise pollution is an environmental issue that has become increasingly common in modern society. It causes disruption to our physical comfort and psychological wellness and can even lead to health issues. In this article, we'll look at what noise pollution is, what it does to people and animals, and how to protect ourselves from the negative effects of sound.

Noise pollution is an ever-growing problem that affects us on a daily basis. Have you ever noticed the intrusive hum from a reved dup car or the loud chatter in a public space?

But what exactly is noise pollution, and how does it affect us?

Environmental noise is more than just an annoyance. Far-reaching, it can be detrimental to our health and well-being and severely impact our physical and mental health, causing physical discomfort and psychological distress.

Studies have found that exposure to loud background noise can lead to the following:

  • insomnia and sleep disturbances,
  • fatigue,
  • irritability, depression,
  • learning difficulties in children,
  • headaches,
  • hearing loss,
  • stress,
  • heart disease,
  • high blood pressure,
  • and even increased risk of mortality.

Noise pollution is excessive, annoying, or intrusive sound that interferes with our everyday activities, with the potential to cause physical discomfort and psychological distress to humans and other animals.

This can range from very loud sounds, such as construction sites or nightclubs, to low-level background noises, like traffic or insects.

Animals are also adversely affected by noise pollution. Without their finely tuned hearing, animals like dolphins, whales, and birds may be unable to pick up the noises they need to survive, relying on their hearing to hunt for food, communicate with one another, and avoid predators. Too much noise can interfere with all these activities and displace animals from their homes. It can also affect breeding cycles due to stress.

So how can we protect ourselves from the effects of noise pollution?

Unwanted sound, or noise pollution, is all around us.

With increasing levels of urbanization, noise pollution is becoming an unavoidable part of everyday life. From car horns to construction noise and everything in between, noise can be distracting and even detrimental to our physical and mental health.

Noise pollution doesn't have to be a part of everyday life. We need to start paying attention to how much noise we're exposed to – through our cars, workplaces, homes and more – and take steps to reduce it.

First, it's essential to understand the sources of noise around you. If a neighbour is blasting music late at night, kindly let them know that they are creating a disturbance. In more extreme cases, consider buying soundproofing products or materials like insulation or acoustic foam to muffle the sound coming from outside your home.

Second, be mindful of how much noise you're creating yourself. Avoid playing loud music or using noisy appliances during nighttime hours when people are likely trying to sleep. Remember, too, that the volume of your voice increases with distance, so try not to shout unnecessarily.

And finally, spend time away from noisy environments in nature or use earplugs to block out loud sounds. Taking a few minutes each day to restore your inner peace and quiet can make all the difference in reducing your long-term exposure to noise pollution.

Ten ways to reduce the amount of noise you're exposed to

  1. Take steps to dampen the sounds by exploring soundproofing options for your home or office by using soundproofing materials. There are many novel DIY methods available, such as using rubber materials, furniture pieces, rugs and carpets, Acoustic panels, and wall hangings. These are just some ways to reduce echo and reverberation in your space and help keep out external noise and amplify home sounds.
  2. Soundproof windows also help keep external noise out.
  3. Avoiding public places where there's a lot of noise pollution
  4. Reduce your exposure to outdoor noise pollution. If you must be in a noisy area like near an airport or industrial complex, try to limit your time there and take precautions such as wearing protective earmuffs, earplugs or headphones. For example, purchase earplugs or headphones that use active noise cancellation technology; these devices use special microphones to detect and cancel out ambient noise.
  5. Create "White Noise": You can drown out unwanted noise with white noise machines. Such machines create a consistent noise which is much easier to ignore than sudden noises from passing cars or other sources. Get an app like 'Noizio' or 'Simply Noise' to cancel out loud sounds in your home or work environment.
  6. Address loud music: Ask people playing loud music to turn it down and explain why this is important. In extreme cases, consider reporting loud music to the police or local authority.
  7. Buy quieter products – like electric shavers or vacuum cleaners – or look for ones with noise-reduction features.
  8. Go for electric appliances or good old fashion manual tools like racks and brooms!
  9. Support local government efforts to reduce noise pollution, like road traffic regulations or initiatives to move noisy factories away from residential areas.
  10. The uptake of Electric vehicles (Evs) will also address many noise issues. Evs are the next big thing in transportation. And they come with a host of benefits that go beyond just being better for the environment. One of the most noticeable advantages is their quietness – EVs emit only a fraction of the noise of traditional gasoline-powered cars. This means less noise pollution from traffic, garages and other noisy places. In addition to improved air quality, quieter roads create calmer, more peaceful living environments. So if you're looking for a car that's good for the planet and your peace of mind, an electric vehicle may be just what you're looking for.

Ultimately, it's up to us to ensure our world is as quiet as possible.

By being mindful of noise levels and reducing the amount of unwanted sound in our lives, we can create peaceful and healthy environments for ourselves and animals alike.

By taking these steps today, we can start making a positive difference for our health, well-being and communities – giving us all a chance to enjoy a quieter, healthier tomorrow.

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