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November 3, 2015

Noise Pollution and Your Health

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — Deborah Dera @ 7:27 am

sound2One source of environmental pollution that is often forgotten or overlooked is noise pollution. The effects of excessive noise on personal health may not be something you think about it but noise has even been shown to contribute to heart disease as well as other health problems.

Noise pollution comes from airport traffic, automobiles, industrial noise, leaf blowers, lawn mowers and other excessive sounds.

Excessive Noise Can Lead to a Variety of Health Issues (more…)

February 11, 2015

Understanding OSHA Rule Regarding Occupational Noise Exposure

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — Deborah Dera @ 7:33 am

noiseAccording to the Occupational Safety and Healthy Administration (OSHA), in the United States, around 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise through their occupation. In fact, for more than 25 years, hearing loss due to noise is listed as one of the greatest occupational health concerns in this country. Thousands of workers have suffered hearing loss that is permanent and significant.

It is exposure to noise at very high levels that can cause this permanent hearing loss and it cannot be corrected by hearing aids or surgery. While a short-term exposure to noise can result in ringing in the ears (tinnitus) or a temporary muffling or feeling as though your ears are stuffed up, they will go away after getting away from the source of the noise. Repeated exposure to noise, though, can lead to permanent hearing loss or tinnitus. (more…)

September 16, 2009

Obscessing Over Sound

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — admin @ 5:43 am

The other day we began looking at sound not just as an object but as a subjective experience. This is important because it will help you to understand your own relationship with the sounds you hear.

When we hear repetative sounds, especially those that are aggravating or annoying, we tend to become obscessed over them. As a result, we lose control of our emotions and begin thinking irrationally.

One of the best things you can do to remedy this situation is to take a few minutes to sit down and think about the way you feel about your sound problems. Are they making you feel anxious or depressed? Are you beginning to feel like you want to take revenge?

None of these reactions are good but recognizing that they exist is the first step to realizing you really need to find a proper soundproofing solution. Remember this – sound problems should never make you feel helpless or out of control. There are soundproofing alternatives, even for those on the tighest of budgets – and you do NOT need to live with unwanted noise.

June 15, 2009

Noise Tolerance Levels: We hate noise!

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — Tags: , — admin @ 8:09 am

Today we hit rock bottom, folks. Today we address the category of people who simply can’t stand noise, no matter what. It may be a little bit of noise, it may be a lot of noise, or it could be infrequent noise. It doesn’t really matter to these people because noise is noise and the world should be quiet.

Sadly, not many people actually realize how sensitive they are to noise. Some people grow up in quiet surroundings and don’t actually know what it means to be subjected to a noisy environment. As such, something that a city dweller might deem “quiet” is actually monumental to a person who’s never had to deal with that level of sound before.

There’s no way around it, though. People who hate noise are going to continue hating noise. What many don’t realize, though, is that they don’t have to move back to the suburbs to find peace and quiet. If they’d only soundproof their homes they could continue living in an area they love without compromising their peace of mind!

June 11, 2009

Noise Tolerance Levels: I hate noise, but I tolerate it because…

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — Tags: — admin @ 8:10 am

Today we’ll continue exploring the different categories of people as they apply to noise tolerance levels. Let’s step things up a notch and look at some of the people who tolerate noise despite not liking it.

Unfortunately, there are a myriad of reasons why someone who isn’t happy with the noise volume in his home or neighborhood might choose to stay there with no change anyway. Sometimes the cost of living in the noisy area is more affordable than in the surrounding areas. In other cases people tolerate noise because it only happens at scheduled times – like when the neighbor’s dog barks to be let out at night or when the guy who lives behind you mows his lawn on Sunday morning.

The problem with this group of people is that they often don’t realize that soundproofing options are available to them – that they really could sleep through the night if only they’d install window barriers or apply some caulking around the doors. What we do know is that no one who doesn’t like noise should have to tolerate it for any length of time!

June 9, 2009

Noise Tolerance Levels: I don’t believe…

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — Tags: , — admin @ 7:17 am

Yesterday we started looking at the different types of noise tolerances people build up over the course of their lives. We started with the least concerned, those who are oblivious to noise, and today we’re going to take things a step up and visit those who don’t believe the noise around them is bothersome.

“Believe” is the key word here. You can believe you are immune to a disease even though you are not. Those who believe that noise doesn’t have an impact on their lives are usually wrong. Nose impacts your ability to sleep at night and those who are subject to regular noise don’t realize that they aren’t sleeping nearly as soundly as they could. Because they don’t get the same deep sleep they would, in reality, need to sleep longer in order to wake up refreshed but this rarely happens.

Are you someone who thinks he can sleep despite the noise around him? I challenge you to go out and buy yourself a pair of earplugs and try sleeping, for one night, in a quieter atmosphere. I guarantee when you wake up in the morning you’ll feel the difference and you’ll want to give a second thought to soundproofing your home.

June 8, 2009

Noise Tolerance Levels: Oblivion

Filed under: Noise Tolerance Levels — Tags: — admin @ 7:49 am

There are, believe it or not, four main types of people when it comes to noise: those who are oblivious, those who swear it doesn’t bother them, those who can deal with it but aren’t happy, and those who absolutely abhor any interruptions to their daily routine.

Today we’ll talk about the first group, in which about 50-60% of the population falls. People who are oblivious to noise simply don’t understand what it means to life a noise-free life. They truly believe they are used to the noise and that you’ll get used to it too. The problem is that you don’t have to get used to noise if you don’t want to.

Is it better to be oblivious to noise or happy when you sit up one evening and realize there is actually no noise at all? We’d tend to lean towards the latter and hope that those who are currently “oblivious” to noise will near a bit about soundproofing so that they can enjoy a quieter life with the rest of us!

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