10 risks of noise threatening your health


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Sometimes it is tempting to think that noise has no advance threats to your health. After all, we think it is just noise and it can never harm you. However, prolonged exposure to excessive noise has been found to cause several health problems. Modern people are not aware that they are constantly exposed to stress due to excessive noise. But please be aware that your mind and body are being damaged by many noises such as radio, TV, announcement, horn, siren etc. In this brief, I am going to pass you through ten of the most popular health problems that noise pollution pose on your life.

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Noise leads to behavioral and emotional stress

One of the main reasons why we have the hearing system is to get alerts and warnings. However, if the voice you are hearing is loud, then there are several health factors that are compromised. One of them is the psychological aspect of the human mind. The reality of the matter is that what we hear can evoke emotions and actions. When the human brain is processing the voices, it is consistently providing psychological and the biological basis to correctly understand what is being said. Nonetheless, the process can act as a human stressor. Some of the existing studies on the impact of loud noise to the human psychology explained that the auditory orienting response, defensive response and the startle reflex work together to translate sound stimuli into actions. These actions can sometimes be stress induced bodily changes through fight or flight neural mechanisms.


Loud Noise can permanently damage hearing

Most of the time we are sited in front of our TV sets watching movies and listening to music. Normally, these voices are at safe levels and they are less likely to cause hearing impairment. Nonetheless, when the noises from woofers, TV sets, working machines and radios exceed safe levels, they are likely to cause noise-induced hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to loud noise can cause damage to the sensitive structures in the inner ear and cause permanent hearing loss. Sometimes the condition takes a long time to be noticed but in some rare cases it can happen instantly. This means that even if you don’t notice any symptoms of hearing loss, you may start developing hearing problems in the future.

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Interrupted sleep

Lack of sleep can cause several health problems. It can reduce the efforts of fighting depression and also cause endocrine and metabolic measurable disquiets. Although loud noise may not wake you up fully, it can significantly arouse you and affect your sleep cycles. In some cases, noises from the industrial area, from the streets or neighboring houses during nighttime can be irritating or even cause stress. Sometimes you may not understand the effects of noise on sleep during the day. Those noises that you think are trivial during the day can be bothersome at night. That is the reason why environmental noise from trains, vehicles in the highways, planes and the wind turbines is a significant policy issue for the World Health Organization.

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Listener fatigue

Listener fatigue also known as the ear fatigue is a condition caused by the prolonged exposure to loud noise. This condition is largely the effects of natural consequences of work tasks but the physical environment and the noises can also contribute. One of the reasons why loud noise makes you tired could be because you have extra sensitive hearing for the frequencies of those noises. Some of the symptoms of the listener fatigue includes fiver, discomfort, headache, and loss of sensitivity. However, there are some solutions that you can undertake and reduce the effects of loud noise. Some of them include, wearing hearing protection, wearing noise reduction ear buds and a listening program to reshape the way you listen.

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Noise pollution interferes with speech

I know you are there worrying how speech can be a health problem. However, the reality is that noise pollution has a considerable effect on communication. A study that was carried out by Berglund and Hassmen (1996) concluded that there is no doubt that noise can mask speech. Even when the speech is accurately understood, loud noise in the background may result in ‘’greater pains’’ on the part of the talker and the listener. This is according to Miller (1979). If the noise in the background has the same frequency as the speech, then it is more likely to mask the speech and impair communication. There are several other reasons for the occurrence of noise-induced speech interference. One of them is speech content, speech ratio and culture.


Impaired memory and creativity

Loud noise causes something more than hearing loss. It is believed that a prolonged exposure to noise can cause harm to the brain cells. Although exposure to some controlled levels of white noise and the noises of nature such as storms, raindrops and the flow of water can benefit individuals in hypo-dopaminergic states, if left uncontrolled can affect the way you think. That is the reason why noise is discouraged close to the learning institutions and libraries. One of the studies that was carried out by an English scientist found that when it comes to being distracted by the conversations of others, then phone calls are the worst offenders because we can only listen from one side. On the other hand, loud nose whether from music or other environmental occurrences can significantly shake your creativity juice. If you live or work in an urban area where there are very many distractive sources of loud noise, then you can be sure your work creativity will be at its lowest.

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Impaired judgment

Although loud noise cannot affect your judgment directly, it can cause conditions that can trigger impaired judgment. In this case, we can explain the effects of loud noise on impaired judgment in two ways. Loud noise causes speech impairment and on the other hand it can lead to increased stress. Stress is one of the leading causes of impaired judgment that in most cases can affect the way of life. The 1989 congressional hearing concluded that the competence in judgment is always compromised under stress. If you cannot be able to control your stress then you may be forced by the situation to make impaired decisions that can affect you later on.


It can cause heart diseases

Although this has not been known for some time, new studies suggest that loud noise may now be linked to increased risk of heart diseases. A study released in the journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that prolonged expose to loud noise can have a significant impact on cardiovascular health. Some of the scientists involved in the study believe that the effects of noise on causing stress are linked directly to heart diseases. Loud noise causes a surge in the stress hormones which increases heart beat and blood pressure. The surge is also thought to have a significant impact on the arteries. Although there are no sufficient studies to support the claims that noise can cause heart diseases, the existing studies provide convincing evidence that stress can cause heart problems and that loud noise can cause stress. Weakened psychomotor skills.

The development of organized patterns of muscular activities guided by the environmental occurrences can have a due effect on learning and the way you work. The bad news is that researchers have found that loud noise from radio, moving cars, city sounds and people’s conversations leads to a decrease in performance for most people. The good thing is that most of those noises are easy to tune out. One meta-analysis found that when it comes to performing cognitive tasks such as driving, replying texts, working with numbers or even reading are impaired significantly.

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Immune power reduction

Every person has his or her noise tolerance. If you find that you are becoming sensitive to low noises then it is an indication that your immunity is being affected by loud noise. Excess noise is one of the causes of stress and depression. Stress if left unmanaged can greatly affect our immune system. If possible, try your best and reduce exposure to noises all the time. You can as well introduce quiet hours at home. In case the loud noise is coming from external sources, use heavy curtains to keep it away. All these efforts will help reduce stress levels and eventually keep your immune system at par.


The bottom line

Every person with good hearing has tiny hairs in their hearing system which transmits the hearing signals to the brain. Listening to loud music can flatten these hairs and cause hearing loss. Although these hairs can bounce back, a prolonged exposure to loud noise can damage them completely. Your ears and brain needs some ample time to rest. You should plan of taking some few hours in a day for quiet sessions in your house to help the ears and brain relax. That is why we are here to make things work for you. Sound application "Sleeping Mermaid" has sounds of the sea and those of nature to make your brain and ears relax. Start using Sleeping Mermaid and get that time.

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