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21st Century Noise Pollution

Posted by Thomas Wiseman on Sep 13, 2010 12:59:00 PM

Twenty-first century noise pollution has evolved significantly from the clamor our forebears contended with in past centuries. Before there was vehicular traffic, jack-hammers, aircraft, and teenagers with radios, human hearing concerned itself with those sounds in nature that defined survival: the peal of thunderstorms, the vocalized threats of carnivorous beasts, and other naturally occurring environmental hubbub. Thus evolved the “fight or flight” response to noise, which today translates to noise-related stress.

Noise pollution is inescapable to all but those living in the most remote places on earth. From the moment you wake up in the morning to the moment you drift off to sleep at night, you are bombarded with ambient noise; alarm clocks, construction equipment, automobile horns, cell phones – the list is endless, as is the list of mental and physical challenges human-created noise can cause, including:

• elevated blood pressure
• hearing loss
• increased stress
• fatigue
• stomach ulcers
• vertigo
• headaches.
• sleep disturbance
• frustration
• speech problems
• muscle-motor movement disorders
• aggression
• anxiety
• withdrawal
• lost productivity

Tags: anxiety, vertigo, Noise pollution