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Hear the World Survey Reveals Growing Noise Pollution Affecting both Physical and Mental Health
Date:4/28/2010

those that are too loud or ongoing – sensitive structures of the inner ear can be damaged, causing noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). NIHL is characterized by a gradual, progressive loss of high frequency hearing sensitivity over time as a result of exposure to excessive noise levels.

In addition, certain loud noises can also impact us emotionally. Sudden sounds are an urgent wake-up call that alert and activate the stress response – a biological alarm that affects the brain in powerful ways, and often leads to unexpected stress and aggression. Excess noise can cause the production of stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol continuously circulating in the body, which can lead to problems such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. 2

According to the Hear the World survey, the top five noise sources causing the most annoyance were:

 
  • People listening to music without earphones on a train, bus, or other closed environments
  • Construction sites and work
  • People using their cellular phones on a train, bus, or other closed environments
  • Animals (barking dogs, etc)
  • Street noise (cars, motorcycles, trucks, etc)

To learn more about the decibel levels of everyday sounds and to find out how loud is too loud, visit http://www.hear-the-world.com.

Taking a Stand against Hearing Loss

As the world becomes a noisier place, hearing loss has become a concern for all ages. In fact, 65 percent of hearing loss cases affects those under the ag
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