When you read the term noise pollution, does traffic or construction come to mind? What about the lawn mower next door when you are on a zoom call? Or a neighbors music when you are trying to sleep? Noise pollution comes in all shapes and sizes and is having a dramatic effect not just on humans, but animals and plants.
A 2019 study by Echo Barrier estimates that 72.6 million US residents are exposed to enough noise to cause long-term health effects and the cost of unaddressed hearing loss is staggering.
It is not just people. Animal behavior is affected by increased stress levels due to hearing loss.
A study conducted in California, Florida, New York and Texas by Environmental Research Letters found there was on average a three dBA decrease in environmental noise during the pandemic lockdown. Such a decrease "likely represents a meaningful reduction in overall risk of sound-related health effects” such as hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and cognitive performance. Sadly levels have surged as the world opens back up.
As people lean into working from home residential noise pollution can take its toll. If you recently invested in noise cancelling headphones you are not alone, but what else can we do? Share your best practice for reducing noise pollution in your home by leaving a comment below. We will explore best practices next week so stay tuned!
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