The Silence of Health   



The Silence of Health

 
Did you know that noise pollution does not always refer to ear-splitting sounds?
Did you know that noise pollution can cause irritability and anxiety? Did you know that noise pollution can affect one’s health just like environmental pollution?

Noise pollution is something we often take lightly as we believe it cannot harm us the way environmental pollution can. Or even the way passive smoking can. But noise pollution can in fact affect us in ways we never would have thought possible. Hopefully after reading this article, you will know more about what noise pollution really is, and how it can affect our everyday life.

Definition of noise pollution:

Any sound that can distract, disrupt or detract us from normal functioning.

Sources of noise:

Loud music, vehicles, aircraft, rail transport, factories, construction work, etc.

Measures of noise:

Noise is measured in units known as decibels (dB). At 45 dB, humans are unable to sleep, while hearing begins to be damaged at 85 decibels and the ear is in pain at 120 dB.

Effects of noise pollution

Human health:

Our health and behavior is disturbed by noise pollution in a number of ways such as – causing deafness, lack of sleep, irritability, indigestion, heartburn, high blood pressure, ulcers and heart diseases.
Our endocrinal, neurological and cardiovascular functions can be changed drastically with just one burst of noise from a passing vehicle. If this occurs too frequently, physiological disturbances can become chronic, and may even lead to mental illness.

Sleep interference:

High levels of noise may cause people to wake up suddenly and either keep them awake or disrupt their sleep pattern. This in turn would make them irritable and tired the next day.

Decreased work performance:

It may be harder to concentrate on work with high levels of noise in the background reducing accuracy, productivity and performance. Difficult tasks may be impaired, while instructions and warnings difficult to be heard causing misinterpretations and even accidents.

Although some noise cannot be avoided, there are certain precautions you can take to reduce the high levels of these noises. First of all by controlling your environment and limiting noise that enters your space which can be done with double-paned windows, weather stripping or even insulation. Employees can discuss the solutions that may be taken to reduce the work place noise with their bosses and by simply being a good neighbor and lowering down the volume on your stereo, you can help reduce noise pollution. So step up and do your part today in limiting noise and the negative effects it may bring to your health!

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Happy reading,
Evelyn


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