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In last week’s blog, I shared some of the health problems created by noise, in particular, loud noise and the decibel scale as a guide.

If you missed that blog CLICK HERE to read it.

In this blog, I would like to share other problems created by noise.

Wikipedia states: ;“The most significant causes are vehicle and aircraft noise, prolonged exposure to loud music, and industrial noise. In Norway, road traffic has been demonstrated to cause almost 80% of the noise annoyances reported. “

The World Health Organization states that the health of one in three people in the European Union has their health harmed by traffic noise.

That is staggering!

Noise is also a threat to marine and land ecosystems.

Workers are required by law to wear hearing protection if workplace noise is more than 85 decibels.

There is no protection for audiences. A rock concert can have decibel levels of 120 decibels. That is 1,000 percent louder than 85 decibels!

An article on noise pollution states: “Noises can be especially harmful to children. Scientific research indicates that noisy homes slow down cognitive and language development in young children. In addition, children living and attending schools near noisy highways, railroads, and airports have lower reading scores, and some children living or attending a school near a major airport have experienced elevated blood pressure.” (From http://www.pollutionissues.com/Na-Ph/Noise-Pollution.html)

Your music might be someone else’s noise!

Please turn that down!! For those of you with teenagers or who remember your time with teenagers, you may have used this request.

Probably more than once…

It is well known, that everyone has favorite music they love to listen to.

That’s true. The human being is deeply and intimately wired to respond to sound and music.

The thing is – every one of us is UNIQUELY wired to respond to sound and music.

The music you love to listen to, may not be the favorite choice of your teenager, your partner or co-workers.

If you work in ‘cubicle city,’ for example, this can show up as a serious problem for people who LOVE to work with music, or the radio, playing. And for those who CAN’T work with music or the radio playing.

Studies have shown that productivity can drop by as much as 60% in such situations.

That has serious consequences to a company’s bottom line – or to finishing a huge project on time – or to completing all the homework assigned.

If your favorite music helps you work more productively, that is great! You get more done in less time.

If you are working in a distracting environment, it can take you more than double the time to complete the work, compared with the ‘ideal’ working environment – for you.

On the positive side, over the past 80 years, a great deal of research has been conducted by music therapists and by the Muzak Company about the benefits of certain types of music.

Here are a few of the benefits claimed by the Muzak Company. This information comes from the book “Sound Business” by Julian Treasure.
“Benefits claimed from Muzaks studies

  • 32% decrease in lateness and absenteeism among the employees of a giant corporation
  • 39% decrease in errors in the accounts payable section of a business office
  • 19% increase in key punch productivity at an electric utility company with a corresponding decrease of 32% in errors.
  • 53% decrease in airline agent turnover
  • 25.5% better accuracy rate in editing”

Damage to your hearing does not heal. It is considered permanent. I encourage you to become aware of the sounds around you and how they may be affecting you.

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