RICHMOND, VA (February 18, 2013) – The world around us is getting noisier, and people in developed nations of all ages are paying the price. According to the BBC World Service’s special ‘The Noisy Planet’, when noise levels were recently measured “from traffic and other machinery inside a ‘quiet’ London restaurant, [they] found them as high as the loudest notes of orchestral instruments from two hundred years ago. In other words, what we think of as pleasant background setting our forebears would consider exceptionally voluble”.
In this new and increasingly loud world, the effects of noise pollution are detrimental to our quality of life, and what’s worse – are extremely insidious. Acoustical Solutions’ new info-graphic on the causes and harmful side effects of this invisible invasion attempts to illustrate the far-reaching damage of noise pollution, and a few options for reducing the constant cacophony around us.
Copy from the info-graphic is quoted below:
“What is Noise Pollution? The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound”. Sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life. Noise induced stress can cause headaches, fatigue, insomnia, and irritability. Noise is the number one cause of neighborhood dissatisfaction, followed by heavy traffic and street lighting. One in five Americans has hearing loss severe enough to affect their daily life. That’s over 40 million people. The 48 million people who have some hearing loss in at least one ear caused by noise included children as young as 12. The most common sources of noise induced hearing loss are explosions, power tools, music, and common machinery. Studies show that those with hearing loss are more likely to have decreased social and physical functioning, vitality, and mental and emotional health. Protect your hearing. Sound blocking wall systems can reduce traffic and other noise by over 30 decibels. Acoustical enclosures can block noise from large machinery, HVAC systems, and industrial equipment in the workplace. Proper soundproofing barriers, damping compounds, and door seals can soundproof single rooms or whole buildings”.