Noise pollution is one of the types of pollution we don’t often think about. The World Health Organization, CDC, and researchers worldwide have been warning against the effect it has on human health for decades. We spoke with Ted Rueter, founder of Noise Free America, and Kit Frank, an audiologist at NYU Langone Health, about what they think of noise pollution and the damage it can do to our hearing and overall health.
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Noise Free America has been battling noise pollution in America for years. One of their latest approaches was to publish the book “Guide to Modified Exhaust Systems: A Reference for Law Enforcement Officers and Motor Vehicle Inspectors.”
For some people working in Industry, noise could be a problem.For some people living in some neighbourhood where people party a lot, like college students, noise could be a problem too.Some people listen to music with amplifiers and big boom-boxes at a very high volume, and noise could be a problem too.It is scientifically known that frequent and long use of headphones at a loud volume for a prolonged period of time could affect one’s hearing.via:(researchgate).
What are the harmful effects of noise pollution?
- It interferes with speech. In the presence of noise we may not able to follow, what the other person is saying.
- Noise leads to emotional and behavioral stress. A person may feel disturbed in the presence of loud noise such as produced by heating of drums.
- Noise may permanently damage hearing. A sudden loud noise can cause severe damage to the eardrum.
- Noise increases the chances of occurrence of diseases such as headache, blood pressure, heart failure, etc.
- Noise leads to increased heart beat, constriction of blood vessels and dilation of pupil.
- Noise is a problem especially for patients who need rest.
- Noise may cause damage to liver, brain and heart.