Posted by Jordan McDowell on Dec 14th 2018
When most people think of security, they think of locking their doors or installing home alarms. People rarely consider protecting their ears from harm. You only have one auditory system, and most types of hearing loss cannot be reversed. That’s why it’s imperative to protect your family from excess noise pollution.
What is Noise Pollution?
Noise pollution occurs when too much noise harms the auditory system. Where does noise pollution happen most frequently? It can occur outside with construction, cars, trains, and other landscape sounds. Too much noise can happen inside your home also. Everything from excessively noisy neighbors to blaring music can impair your family’s hearing. If left unchecked, these high-volume intrusions may ultimately wear down those sensitive nerves, creating a need for hearing aids.
Other Sources of Noise Pollution
Traffic is one cause of noise pollution in a bustling city, and it’s a primary concern for public health officials. Your body recoils at loud freeways, honking horns, and sirens because of high decibel levels. Sounds above 85 dB are damaging, depending on whether you are fully exposed to those sounds and for how long. Police sirens, for example, register at 118 decibels (dB) while heavy traffic is 70 dB. More common noises like vacuum cleaners are about 74 dB.
How to Combat Noise Pollution
It’s important to assess the spaces to which your family is subjected every day. You might not notice the potentially harmful noises in your everyday surroundings that can strain sensitive ears. Pay close attention to the noises you hear on a regular basis. If these sounds feel unpleasant, there are a few ways you can combat them and reduce the enduring effects of noise pollution.
Talk With Your Neighborhood Association or Government Representatives
Most states have laws that monitor noise levels to protect residents. California health and safety codes state that Californians are entitled to a quiet environment. If those in charge do not uphold noise restrictions, talk with your representatives or community association. With an open dialogue, those in charge can enforce quiet times to restore the peace.
Reduce Excess Noise With Home Remedies
Some noises are out of your control. Nevertheless, there are still ways you can build barriers between you and loud sounds. Installing a fence around your home can create distance between you and offensive sounds like nosy neighbors. Linoleum, window drapes, and carpeting all absorb sound waves well. You can also try planting vegetation. Choose trees and plants with dense shrubs to better absorb sound.
In addition, hearing protection is available. If you live in an area with a lot of construction, for example, you may benefit from using earplugs or earmuffs when decibel levels are especially high. This will minimize the effects of the noise pollution and potentially reduce your risk of nerve damage. You may want to invest in hearing protection for the entire family.
Seal the Gaps
Protect your home by ensuring that your windows, doors, and small crevices are insulted. Proper insulation is the key to protection against noise pollution. Furthermore, insulation can cut your electricity bills. Foam sealant or caulk are products that help fill holes and openings in and around your home. If your appliances create unwanted sounds, add foam or vibration mounts underneath them to stabilize their noise impacts.
Adjust Your Entertainment Systems
Do you love hosting others? Perhaps you enjoy inviting friends and family over for a movie. If your entertainment system cranks out sound through a poorly designed speaker, it may unleash harsh noise. You don’t want to annoy your guests or your neighbors. A good entertainment system allows you to enjoy the sound where you are without imposing on the rest of your home.
Subwoofers are another noise pollution offender found in many homes. Subwoofers emit low-frequency tones that sometimes cause noise pollution. However, you can purchase isolation pads for underneath your system. Additional pads act as barriers between your speaker. The goal is to stop sound waves from vibrating throughout the rest of the house. Invest in quality speakers so you can enjoy the sound you desire without having to increase the volume. Another solution for those living with family members who blast their music or movies is noise-cancellation headphones.
Understand that some unwanted noise is inevitable. But if you experience consistent noise pollution, it’s important to take steps to protect you and your family. Even if it just seems like a minor inconvenience right now, those excess decibels can have long-term consequences.
Author Bio: Jordan McDowell is a writer and content strategist. He specializes in technically oriented B2B and B2C content for a number of digital companies, including Moldex.