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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

Excessive noise has been shown to contribute to a number of health problems such as increased stress, sleep disturbances, blood pressure problems and even heart disease. Ultimately, these health issues cost money as well as peace of mind.

You may wonder how high noise levels can cause heart disease but the progression is simple enough: Excessive noise can create stress and stress can trigger an elevation in the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline. Elevations in these hormones can result in high blood pressure which contributes to strokes and heart problems.

Noise pollution can also lead to sleep problems, hear loss, and learning issues.

If you live in an area where you are exposed to chronic noise pollution from highways, airports, industrial machinery and the like, you may also be exposed to air pollution. Both of these types of pollution can lead to health issues that reduce your quality of life.

Reducing Your Noise Exposure

If you live in an area where you deal with excessive noise, you may want to consider moving in order to improve your health. If that is not an option, taking measures to reduce noise and soundproof your home can go a long way toward helping to improve your future health. Adding heavy curtains or drapes to windows, sealing around doors and windows with acoustical caulk and even installing acoustic tiles to ceilings or walls can help reduce your exposure to noise.

In the end, even small steps to reduce noise can make a difference in your health and improve your quality of life.


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