Research shows that loud sound can have a significant impact on human health, as well as doing devastating damage to ecosystems.
Noise pollution is terrible for your health, but they want to find a solution.
Ask most people about pollution, and they will think of rubbish, plastic, oil, smog, and chemicals. After some thought, most folks might also suggest noise pollution.
We’re all familiar with noise around us, and we know it can become a problem – especially if you live near an airport, train station, highway, construction site, or DIY-enthusiast neighbour.
But most people don’t think that noise is a problem under water. If you’ve read Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea you might imagine that, maelstroms excepted, life is pretty quiet in the ocean. Far from it.
The pollution problem in many African cities goes beyond just the air quality.
Over the years, governments across the continent have attempted to tackle the noise pollution problem in major cities. In addition to the daily bustle and commercial activities, much of the noise comes from the thousands of religious places of worship that dot these cities.
There are thousands of parks, refuges and wilderness areas in the U.S. that are kept in something close to their natural state. But one form of pollution isn't respecting those boundaries: man-made noise.
Ultrasonic signals from sensors and other devices are all around us, and the health effects of their interactions aren’t clear.
Noise-wise, India is one of the most polluted countries in the world. The data on sound pollution is scarce, but whatever little exists for India shows that in most cities the noise reaches dangerous levels.
Why so much hate? One reason the researchers suggested: People are used to the sounds of cars and likely rely on them to get around, so they are more willing to accept their noise. We’ve become numb to the auto, even as noise pollution worsens as cities grow. Regulators might need to consider regulations not just about where drones can fly but when, lest your late-night pizza craving disturb your neighbors.
The results also mean that retailers like Amazon and others will likely face opposition to the noise the new delivery technology creates, if even they are indeed “’no louder than’ conventional package delivery solutions,” the researchers said.
However, alarming new evidence from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that thousands more people around the world may be dying prematurely or succumbing to disease through the more insidious effects of chronic noise exposure. …
Noise as an urban plague should be addressed in broader terms that allow for quality-of-life improvements for people living in noise-riddled areas, rather than those that can hop into a quiet spot to recharge.
Studies suggest word acquisition and reading are more difficult in loud environments, and poor kids may suffer disproportionately.
Damage from loud sounds is cumulative — but really loud noise can hurt your hearing in a matter of minutes.
A new technique for measuring our neuronal response to sound is yielding both good news and bad news.
Our world today is filled with noise. From the sounds of constantly flowing traffic, the blaring of electronics, TVs and entertainment systems to the omnipresent passive and active communication in the form advertisements, phone calls and the background noise from other human beings, the volume in our lives is only getting louder.
SLAMMING doors, banging walls, bellowing strangers and whistling neighbors were the bane of the philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer’s existence. But it was only in later middle age, after he had moved with his beloved poodle to the commercial hub of Frankfurt, that his sense of being tortured by loud, often superfluous blasts of sound ripened into a philosophical diatribe. Then, around 1850, Schopenhauer pronounced noise to be the supreme archenemy of any serious thinker.
George Prochnik had a beautifully written essay in the New York Times on Sunday about why noise might be the “supreme archenemy” of thought. It is full of scientific evidence suggesting that hearing, an evolutionary “early warning system,” takes over our brains in ways we don’t always understand. For instance, we’re wired to attend to harsh sounds—even in sleep.
According to a recent study, noise pollution could be costing lives. A World Health Organization report finds Western Europeans lose years to death or disability from excessive sound. Though European countries have taken steps to turn the volume down, the U.S. backed off the effort decades ago.
A new study explores the unequal burden of noise on communities across the US.
But let’s say you don’t fit into this new-build category, or your landlord has somehow managed to escape city ordinances. There are two main ways to create more quiet at home: 1. adding surfaces that absorb the sound, or reverberation, before it gets to your ears, and 2. blocking it entirely.
The blowers and related devices are dirty because many use two-stroke engines.
While countries in Europe have enforced stringent national noise standards, Americans have for the most part just made more noise; last year, more than 340,000 noise complaints were filed in New York City alone. But there are signs that people in the U.S. are getting serious about the problem, and new technologies can help.
Do you have a favorite sound? Is it the sweet laughter of someone you love? Or do you appreciate the sounds of a rushing river or waves lapping upon the beach of your favorite seaside town? Or, like many Millennials, maybe your favorite sounds are your favorite songs played from your iPod while wearing ear buds.
Hospitals have always been noisy places. In 1859, Florence Nightingale wrote a section devoted to noise and its hazard to patients in her Notes on Nursing. But in the US the noise problem has been getting worse and worse.
“Oftentimes we assume it’s the sound of alarms, which is actually the sound that really got me interested in this noise issue as a whole,” says Sen. “But repeatedly the answer we got [from patients] was the voice of somebody who is suffering in pain. Lots of patients expressed that across the hallway they can hear others in pain moaning, screaming.”
There are horrible sounds all around us only a small group of people can hear. They almost always come from machines — sometimes intentionally, and sometimes by accident. They're loud enough to be annoying and cause headaches in people sensitive to them, though it seems they aren't usually loud enough to cause permanent health issues. And scientists have no firm idea of how common these sounds are or how much damage, if any, they're doing to society.
Whales hate sonar, explosions, and other human-made noise. Do they like our music, at least?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines “noise” as “unwanted or disturbing sound.” Since we can’t see noise, we are often oblivious to its effects on us, even if the noise is “wanted.” But the major side-effects of noise pollution are serious and sometimes surprising. The three most shocking facts I discovered are...
Researchers have known for years about a condition called hyperacusis, where ordinary sounds seem uncomfortably loud. But they’re just starting to understand that some patients experience a more severe form, where noise is not just heard — but is actually felt, as physical pain.
Michael Jasny explains how the NRDC and other conservation groups have worked to limit the use of airguns in deep ocean excavations.
The hustle and bustle of cities are part of the appeal, but too much noise is unhealthy. Planners can help control the problem of noise in the city.
Noise pollution is a lot worse for you than you may have thought.
Julian Treasure cares very deeply for your ears. That’s why he’s given TED talks like “The 4 ways sound affects us” and “Why architects need to use their ears.” Treasure is on a mission to make policymakers, engineers, architects and, well, Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps Julian Treasure: Shh! Sound health in 8 steps everyone think more about what they hear around them — because the way things sound have a tangible, measurable effect on how we feel, how we heal, how we work and how we live.
Since 1968, Wild Sanctuary has traveled the globe to record, archive, research, and express the voice of the natural world - its soundscape. These increasingly rare sounds of the wild inform and enrich our specialized efforts from the field to public performance.
Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers' mission is the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans (especially teens) through education awareness and grassroots outreach advocacy.
The Noise Pollution Clearinghouse is a national non-profit organization with extensive online noise related resources.
Here you may find information on all aspects of Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) from Hearing Science to clinical applications. The information provided is completely FREE and NO membership is required to access any sections of the Portal.
We do not seek to create an absolutely quiet world. However, we do want to see a world where quiet is a normal part of life and where it is possible to listen to the sounds of nature without the constant intrusion of machine noise and artificial stimuli.