Noise pollution is the propagation of noise with harmful impact on the activity of human or animal life.
What are the possible effects of noise pollution health?
High noise levels can contribute to cardiovascular effects in humans and an increased incidence of coronary artery disease.
Depending on duration and level of exposure, noise may cause or increase the likelihood of
- hearing loss,
- high blood pressure,
- ischemic heart disease,
- sleep disturbances,
- decreased school performance.
- psychiatric disorders and psycho social well-being.
Noise poses a serious threat to a child’s physical and psychological health, and may negatively interfere with a child’s learning and behavior.
According to a 2019 review of the existing literature, noise pollution was associated with faster cognitive decline.
Chronic exposure to moderately high levels of environmental noise contributes to hearing loss.
How to protect yourself from noise pollution?
When noise controls are not feasible or adequate, individuals can also take steps to protect themselves from the harmful effects of noise pollution. If people must be around loud sounds, they can protect their ears with hearing protection (e.g., ear plugs or ear muffs).