Many of us are fairly used to the noises that we are exposed to on a regular basis, whether it’s loud music in the car on the commute to work or talking on our mobile phones in crowds of people. However, being exposed to loud sounds can be extremely damaging and noise pollution can have a multitude of side effects, including hearing loss.
In fact, the negative environmental impact that noise pollution can have is a concern for many and one of the major sources of noise pollution comes from things such as construction work, planes taking off and landing and loud motorcycles roaring past.
Let’s take a look at five things that cause noise pollution and what their effects are:
From trains and cars to planes and buses, different forms of transport can cause all kinds of noise pollutants and they can be hard to avoid. Excessive exposure to the sound of planes taking off and landing can cause hearing loss and the same happens when people are around racing cars and motorbikes with big engines and even bigger exhausts.
- Loud Music
When music is played loudly, this will also have a negative effect on our hearing and this can be music played loudly by anyone from neighbours to a live concert. Playing loud music can cause noise pollution and below are some of the health issues that listening to loud music can cause:
- Loss of hearing
- Lack of sleep
- A buzzing or ringing in the ears
Listening to loud music on occasions is unlikely to contribute to any of the above but it will cause these problems if done on a regular basis.
Many industries use large machinery that is noisy and this equipment can include any of the following:
- Exhaust fans
- Grinding mills
Workers in a variety of specialist industry jobs such as construction need to wear earplugs to avoid problems such as a loss of hearing and tinnitus.
- Household Chores
Just doing the housework can be dangerous for your ears and while modern gadgets help us to do things quicker and easier, they are often loud and noisy. From washing machines and air conditioners to vacuums and dryers, household appliances can add to noise pollution and ear plugs should be worn to avoid any negative side effects.
- Dogs Incessantly Barking
When a neighbour’s dog barks, it is fine and at most a mild irritant. However, if a dog barks all of the time throughout the day and night it can become extremely distracting and disturbing. This can affect sleeping habits and it is important to get to the root of the problem that is making the dog bark to help to reduce their incessant barking back down to a more natural level.
Noise monitoring by SERS is a great service to take advantage of to help to identify noise pollutants and to find ways to combat them.