Noise Pollution: The Loud Truth

Erin Doruska

Where is Noise Pollution?

Noise pollution is all around us. The construction across the street, the music from your headphones, and your job in factories. Too much of this noise is hurting your body. But how can you stop it if it's all around you? There are ways to limit loud noise for you and your neighborhood.

Health Affects

Many horrible things can happen to your body because of noise pollution. Short term affects from noise pollution are ringing in ears, short term hearing loss, and ears may feel stuffed up. Loud noise can also cause high blood pressure, hearing loss, sleep disruption, lost productivity. If you are around noise for long periods of time, you can get permanent hearing loss.

Non-Human Affects

There are noise problems with animals too. Animals are affected the same amount if not more than humans are when it comes to noise. The director of the Marine Mammal Protection for the Natural Resources Defense Council, Michael Jasny, says, " Imagine someone setting off a sound like dynamite in your neighborhood, again and again and again, every 10 to 12 seconds, for weeks and months . . . This is what we are forcing whales and dolphins to live with." Loud noise like that can result in permanent hearing loss. If we wouldn't want that to happen to us, then why would we do it to them?

What has the government done?

To prevent noise, the government has tried to help noise but can do more to protect our hearing. Every year the government spends about $242 million to give to workers who had work related hearing loss. The government can do much more. The government can limit loud noises in parks. Construction can be limited to certain parts of the day. Finally, the government can put out regulations for loud noises in the workplace including how long they can be run, how loud they are, and how many workers are in the building at the time of the sound.

What can you do?

You can do many things to stop/limit noise pollution. At your house, you can make sure you are not making loud noise late at night or early in the morning. You can persuade your boss to limit time for each worker in an area with loud noise. You can wear earplugs when you know you are going to someplace loud. Lastly, you can persuade your local, state, or national government to create laws to reduce noise pollution. Noise pollution is all around us, but with some help, we can conquer it!

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