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Noise Pollution Affects the Environment and Your Health

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 05 Jun 2013

Noise pollution may be largely confined to the big cities and towns, but it is posing a threat to human health, both physically and emotionally. In our efforts to save the environment we limit our vision to cleaner air and conservation of water, but noise pollution, which happens to be a potent element affecting the quality of our life, remains unattended.

 

 

How noise pollution harms our well-being

  • The most common health hazard that noise pollution can cause is ear discomfort like ear ringing, ear pains and hearing loss, etc. Noise above 115db can even lead to deafness.
  • Loud noise even leads to decrease in work efficiency. When the noise decibel reaches over 85 you may feel discomfort and distracted, this reduces your concentration on work.
  • Noise pollution is no friend of the human heart too. It leads to dangerous eventualities like – Heart diseases, Speeding up the aging process of hearts, High rate of myocardial infarction incidence, High blood pressure
  • You could also face nervous system disorder, mental disturbance and incretion disorder if exposed to a lot of loud noise.
  • Loud noises harm children more than adults as their organs are small, weak and still growing. Noise pollution can hurt their hearing organs and causing hearing damage or loss.

How you can prevent noise pollution

  • Keep the volume low when you are listening to music. Keep your speakers away from the partition walls. If you have a party at your place, warn your neighbors about it. Close the doors and windows in case you get a lot of complaints.
  • We tend to use a lot of home appliances that can be noisy. Consider buying appliances that offer noise reduction.
  • While you can’t do much about the honking on the main roads, take charge of your street and check drivers who tend to unnecessarily honk. Put up boards of ‘no honking’.
  • Avoid unnecessary honking in a traffic jam.
  • Cars and other vehicles tend to make loud noise when not maintained properly. So pay attention to their maintenance.

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