Health Hazards of Consistent Noise Pollution

Health Hazards of Consistent Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is the interruption of your daily life by excessive noise and activity.  Aside from being a major inconvenience, noise pollution can have serious negative effects on your health.  As providers of precast concrete walls, we understand noise pollution and the need to stifle it.

Noise Pollution Can Be Severely Hazardous to Your Health

Noise pollution can consist of a constant buzz from leaving your electronics plugged in, or from a constantly busy and noisy street.  There are many different levels, but one thing they have in common is that they can negatively impact your health.  Here are some of the side effects of noise pollution.

Sleep Disturbance

Ever been jarred awake from a sound sleep?  Noise pollution can cause your sleep to become interrupted and result in poor sleep quality overall.  This can affect your daily performance on the short term, and even make you sick.  Consistent noise pollution can result in you never fully falling asleep, a vital part of your overall health.

Hearing Impairment

Did you know that simply reducing noise pollution can help you prevent having your hearing impaired?  Loud noises can impact your hearing on the short term and consistent noise will cause you to have hearing issues long-term.

 

Hypertension

When people are consistently surrounded by loud noises, or unexpected bursts of loud noise, some studies show that this can lead to hypertension, or high blood pressure.  This can be seen often in career-oriented exposures, such as construction or traffic workers.

Stress

High levels of noise exposure have been directly linked to stress level increases.  People who are exposed on a regular basis to high noise levels can experience heavy levels of stress and have even been known to cause heart problems.   It can also lead to other symptoms which are stress-related, such as headaches, reduced quality of home life, and stress on family life.

Child Physical Development

In rare cases, high sound levels have been known to impact childhood growth and development, especially in infants or in pregnancy.

With all of these potential side effects, you will want to take a serious look at the quality of life you provide, whether it’s for your family, a gated community, or a commercial property.   What’s the worst experience you’ve had with noise pollution?  Tell us your story in the comments below!

Sources:

https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-07/documents/ochp_noise_fs_rev1.pdf