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11:04 AM July 11, 2019

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11:04 AM July 11, 2019

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Know more about noise pollution

Here are the things you need to know about noise pollution including the ways you can do in order to avoid this.

Just like other pollutions, such as air, water, and land pollution, noise can also be a polluted thing.

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Here are the things you need to know about this:

Meaning

Noise pollution is defined as “any unwanted or disturbing sound that reduces your quality of life or disrupts daily activities”, according to the article from Good Housekeeping.

All around us, there are different sounds. Some bring us comfort while others are harmful, which is already qualified as noise.

Based on the 2014 report from the National Institutes of Health, tens of millions of Americans who were exposed too much noise suffered from health issues such as heart disease, disturbed sleep, increased blood pressure, hearing loss and more.

How loud is too loud?

Based on the article, long exposure at 85 dB is dangerous while short exposure at 120 dB can do damage. The term dB or decibel is the unit used to measure sound intensity.

Here is an illustration to show how loud is loud.

noise pollution decibels
Photo courtesy of Good Housekeeping

Ways to prevent being exposed to noise pollution

  • Boost insulation in your home by replacing noisy doors and windows when you open and close them. Having carpets and draperies also help eliminate noise.
  • Choose quite products such as dishwashers and vacuum cleaners. According to the article, there are appliances now which have decibel-level claims.
  • Monitor sound with a phone app. Based on the article, there is an app that gives the “decibel levels of sounds so you’ll have an idea of what you’re being exposed to.” Before using the app, be sure to calibrate it to improve accuracy.

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