What we can all do
We live fast, noisy lives facilitated by loud machines. High-speed railways roar through towns. Mobile phone conversations are everywhere. Our homes are a symphony of digital beeps, from the computer to the dishwasher. We barely notice lawn mowers and chain saws—noises that would have made our ancestors jump and run.
Thunder was the loudest noise that rocked pre-industrial humans. Before internal combustion, roars and booms signaled danger, and our bodies still react to loud noises with a prehist- oric adrenaline surge: Our hearts pump harder, our blood pressure rises, our blood vessels constrict. Living in a din of ringtones, mechanical humming, and loud and unrelenting advertising, it's no wonder we get a little stressed. Chronic noise can stress the endocrine, cardiovascular and immune systems, and children from highly noisy households have been found to experience delayed language skills and increased anxiety. Noise disturbs sleep, affects emotional well-being, and may contribute to heart disease and mental illness. Fortunately, there are ways to keep noise at bay in your home.
Noise Action Week
Noise is never out of the news for long – whether it's Brian May's bother with Kensington basement builders or suburban dog owners being fined for neglecting barking pets. During Noise Action Week 2014 (May 19th – 24th) local authorities, housing providers, mediation and other neighbourhood services across the UK teamed up to tackle common noise problems.
This provided an opportunity for everyone concerned with noise to raise awareness of the impact noise has on our health and well being, and anyone with a noise problem to find out about practical solutions.
Follow the noise action week link for more practical tips on how to rduce noise in the home, minimising disturbance in the neighbourhood and creating a calm and happy environment in which to live.