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There’s no question about it, daily life is a noisy affair. Whether you’re working in a busy environment or living in a chaotic family home, you will almost certainly have to cope with many different types of noises at most times of the day; even relaxing in the garden can involve a cacophony of lawn mowers, car engines and birdsong.
Noise pollution is all around us, and often disturbs our sleep and our peace of mind, sometimes without us even realising it! The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recently warned that ‘excessive noise’ is a serious health risk to humans, and this is a threat we cannot afford to ignore.
Potential Effects Of Noise Pollution:
Noise pollution is recognised to have many detrimental effects on the health and hearing of the general population, including:
- Hearing loss, including Tinnitus
- Disturbed sleep
- Increased stress levels
- Speech problems
- Fatigue and pain, which often affect performance
- Cardiovascular problems
As you can see, this is a long and worrying list! The potential for noise to do serious harm to our bodies and our hearing is clear, but what can we do about it?
Tips To Manage Noise Pollution
Increasing awareness of the dangers posed by noise pollution mean that the situation may improve in the future, but there are measures you can take to reduce your risk of harm.
- Understand the risks of noise pollution. Any sound over 80 decibels can cause damage to hearing, and there are apps and devices that can help you to identify these in your daily life. For example, lawn mowers, motorbikes, rock concerts and emergency sirens are all far louder than this, and this means we risk damage to our ears when we are exposed to these sounds.
- Seek out quieter locations and enjoy spending time away from the bustle of daily life. Across the world, as understanding of this problem develops, organisations are beginning to recognise the dangers and highlight quieter areas or public spaces where less noises will interfere with your social experience. In New York, for example, the Silencity movement identifies restaurants that offer an escape from the noise, a great idea that could spread to other areas in future.
- Manage your volume when listening to music. Listening to music, especially with earbuds, is a common cause of hearing loss. It’s really important to take frequent breaks and to respect safe listening guidelines, which recommend listening to music at 60% volume for no more than 60 minutes per day to avoid damaging your hearing.
- Use protective measures wherever possible to protect your hearing. If you work in a noisy environment or regularly attend music concerts or festivals, you can protect your ears with a good pair of ear defenders or ear plugs. Do your research and ensure that you choose a pair that complies with legal requirements and displays an NRR (noise reduction rating) so that you can be sure your hearing is safe.
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