Stand Up to Noise Pollution

Advanced Hearing & Balance Specialists Hearing Loss

There are sounds around every corner. It becomes a problem when the sounds become too loud. Excessive noise can pose a real danger to human health and well-being according to the World Health Organization, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and even the U.S Census Bureau.

What is Noise Pollution?

Busy city street - St. George
Noise pollution is the unwanted or disturbing sounds that are the source of outdoor noise. They are usually caused by construction equipment and transportation, both public (buses, trains, boats, etc.) and individual (car, truck or motorcycle).

Help End Noise Pollution

This should come as no surprise that noise pollution is highest in cities, where background levels range between 55 to 67 decibels. This is similar to the hum of an air conditioner. The human ear can handle sounds up to 85 dB without causing damage. Having said that, studies found that sounds 65 dB and above can lead to increases in:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart rate
  • Stress hormones

In fact, a 2017 study found that people who live in the city have the level of hearing loss they would be expected to have if they were 10 to 20 years older.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), nearly 24 percent of Americans aged 20 to 69 have hearing loss caused by exposure to excessive noise.

Can Anything Be Done About Noise Pollution?

Now that you understand the problems of noise pollution, you are probably wondering what you can do about. Your St. George audiologist recommends visiting Noise Free America. Founded in 2001 by Ted Rueter, the nonprofit’s mission is to educate the public about noise pollution.

Below are some ways you can help curb the problem of noise pollution.

Join the Community

Your St. George audiologist recommends signing up for updates and alerts from Noise Free America to help you stay informed. You can then volunteer to help with community outreach, research or lobbying efforts and write to your local, state or national representatives to ask for more legislation for anti-noise ordinances.

Get in the Know

Noise Free America has a 67-page manual that can be downloaded for free off their website. This document contains a lot of helpful information, including:

  • How to identify noise pollution
  • Why it is harmful to your health
  • How to start a local chapter
  • How to fight noise in your community
  • Quiet alternatives to noise-making products
  • Suggestions on wording for petitions and letters to representatives

Practice What You Preach

It is important to practice what you preach, especially in these situations. If you ask your neighbors to look for alternatives to their noise-making yard tools, then you must do the same.

Passing along the tools and information you have learned about the dangers of noise pollution to your friends and family can also help spread the message.

Protect Yourself

Noise-induced hearing loss should not be taken lightly. Fortunately, if you are unable to control the noises around you, there are still ways to protect your hearing. How? Protective headphones or earplugs.

To learn more information about protecting yourself form loud noises, contact your St. George audiologist to schedule an appointment.