The Silence of Health
Did you know
that noise pollution does not always refer to ear-splitting
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
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
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
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
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