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Will Noise Pollution Really Be Harmful To My Health?

Noise pollution is a growing problem in the country. Everybody wants to be able to live and work in an atmosphere that is pleasing. Unfortunately, the world is getting louder and louder and our health is suffering because of it.

Many noise pollution problems arise from aircraft, motor vehicles, construction, trains that transport cargo, and industrial noise.

Health Issues From Noise Pollution

People that are regularly exposed to noise pollution are more irritable than those that are in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Our body’s stress hormones are released with increased noise and can suppress the immune system, causing even more health problems. High blood pressure can result from high levels of the stress hormones.

Hearing problems are a direct result of noise pollution. The longer you are exposed to loud noises, the higher the risk of damaging your hearing. Many people are causing their own hearing loss. The young drivers that blast their music will be very sorry one day as they will be the cause of their own hearing problems. Our military troops and veterans often wind up with hearing problems as a result of the time they spent serving our country at time of war.

Noise pollution can interfere with your ability to sleep. This one problem often can snowball into many. People that don’t get enough sleep can get testy, have difficulty paying attention and could fall asleep at inopportune times.

Can My Hearing Be Protected?

It is very wise to carry ear protection with you wherever you go. Many parents use ear plugs for their children if they are somewhere that the noise is excessive. This may sound cliché but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There is no cure for hearing loss as it is usually irreversible.

Lower the volume on your radio and television. Listening to them does not need to be overwhelming and cause you to speak louder. It is essential for your hearing health to keep noise to a minimum in your home.

Drafty windows not only let in excess air but they also allow outside noise to come indoors. Be sure that your windows and doors are efficient. If they aren’t, you may need to consider changing them or caulking them. This will save you money and help keep your hearing intact.

Teach your children that their hearing is very important and must be protected. Monitoring their volume on iPods, MP3 players and video games is essential. If the volume level is too loud, explain that they can either turn it down or turn it off.

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