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Noise Pollution

By EPA

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. The fact that you can’t see, taste or smell it may help explain why it has not received as much attention as other types of pollution, such as air pollution, or water pollution. The air around us is constantly filled with sounds, yet most of us would probably not say we are surrounded by noise. Though for some, the persistent and escalating sources of sound can often be considered an annoyance. This “annoyance” can have major consequences, primarily to one’s overall health.  

 

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Health Effects

 

Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people. Studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health. Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common and often discussed health effect, but research has shown that exposure to constant or high levels of noise can cause countless adverse health affects.

 

Learn more about the health effects:

 

http://www.nonoise.org/library/handbook/handbook.htm
http://www.nonoise.org/library/suter/suter.htm

 

Source: EPA

 

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Noise Pollution:  Created on October 28th, 2011.  Last Modified on October 28th, 2011

 

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