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Reduction in Lifes Volume

One of the most commonly asked question is “How does 'noise pollution' differ from 'sound pollution'?” Any kind of sound can be soothing, in fact, may also prove to be a 'healer'. At home there may be the never-ending droning away of the washing machine, the old refrigerator humming unpleasantly and loudly, the window air conditioner that is bound-to-make-noise, in short we have got our ears accustomed to certain noises that are unavoidable though gradually leading us to deafness.

Experts define noise as a “hazard” that in turn may give rise to several other health complications as well. The other grave effect is the one directly affecting one's blood-pressure, further resulting in fatigue, stress, poor concentration power, growing irritation,the list is endless.

Noise, to a certain extent, may not be harmful, but when it crosses the limits and exceeds a limit, unknown to the people, perhaps, it may have untold consequences, such as risking the increase of blood-pressure which may further the risk of other cardiovascular diseases, by at least 10 percent. Researches continue to trace the effect that certain commonly occurring sounds may lead to the increase of the fight-or-flight response of the body.

It is believed that whenever the body senses any kind of danger, it induces the growth of adrenaline, as well as the hormone no repinephrine. The increase of these, speeds up the heart, pumping more blood to the muscles.

If one does not take the necessary precautions at the right time, with the extra energy, it may cause a strain in the blood vessels inducing the rate of blood pressure. There is supposed to be a higher risk where women are concerned as they are victims to more noises as those coming from the high frequency computers or the television sets.

What are the solutions? Can noise be reduced?

Practically impossible to keep out all the noise, so the only solution lies in inventing newer and effectively designed techniques in order to reduce its effect. It is easy to reduce the impact of noise on the ears by wearing soft-foam earplugs that may aid in reducing the sound by a minimum 20 decibels. It is not very difficult to get earplugs as they are easily available in most drugstores.

Several health related precautions have become mandatory, especially for workers who are required to wear ear-protection in case they are exposed to noise that exceeds 89 decibels. At home, things can easily be worked out. Reduce if not eliminate - the daily – monotonous - sounds, with simpler options as follows:

It is advisable to let your hair dry naturally instead of that hair dryer that has the humming and irritating sound.

Daily appliances such as washing machines can be placed conveniently on rubber cushions, that may enable to absorb the sound.

The bare walls may be carpeted or draped that may help to muffle the rattling sounds.

Certain sounds that may be inevitable and unpleasant as well may be masked with a more soothing sound of your choice.

Experts handling patients in stress management, advise the playing of certain recordings of natural sounds, be it the sound of a gushing river, the seagulls along with waves in the sea or the sound of birds in the woods.

The debate between the eliminating or the reduction of the noise, continues.


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