Noise pollution – it’s an interesting word combination. Pollution means, that some substance is harmful and poisonous. Noise is simply what we hear. Can something we hear be bad for us? Is it possible that the level of noise around us, have an impact on how we feel? Can sound kill you?
What is noise pollution?
It is not as much about what the annoying coworker is saying or about the irritating comments of your mother-in-law (that’s the topic for another article). When talking about noise pollution, we simply focus on the level of noise, not the meaning of it.
How does noise pollution impact our health?
According to WHO (World Health Organisation), noise pollution is a real problem and it affects our health. Some of the diseases associated with exposure to noise (either prolonged or excessive) include cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance, tinnitus, and annoyance. Noise pollution is also associated with obesity and diabetes.
When you are constantly exposed to noise, your body tries to protect itself. The good, old ‘fight or flight’ response kicks in, releasing all sorts of hormones and triggering physiological changes in your body, without you even
The new Noise app introduced with the launch of the New Apple iWatch series 5
As it states on apple.com – ‘Safe from
Well, if Apple is supporting this, then it must be a big deal.
Now, seriously – it is very good that such a big player from a
Can sound kill you?
Well, apparently anything can kill
Loud noise of above 100 decibeles is enough to cause permanenet hearing loss.
What are the main sources of noise pollution?
The obvious suspects, like traffic noise, planes, construction sites or your neig
Can we do something about noise pollution?
Shush! That’s for the start. Follow Gandhi’s advise:
If you want to change the world, start with yourself’.M. Gandhi
Analyze the world you live in and see if there is some space for improvement when it comes to noise pollution. Simple things, like listening to music more quietly, or turning down the TV, might help you and people around you. Perhaps try to make your home more Hygge. Your body and mind will thank you for this.
Changing the way cities are designed is another way to combat noise pollution. Smart
On the larger scale noise pollution control must be introduced and implemented by governments (if not already in place).
The real issue lies in the fact, that noise pollution is still not being taken seriously enough. While other types of pollution, for example, air pollution, is being treated very seriously, with appropriate laws being passed by governments to prevent it, noise pollution has still very little awareness. We must reali
Do you think your environment is too loud? What’s your take on this problem? Let us know in the comments below.