Wailing babies, barking dogs, honking car horns, thumping music…
Such “noise pollution” may be an annoyance or keep us up at night, but it’s something most people simply grow accustomed to. The biological effects of noise are imperceptible, so why bother doing anything about it. After all, life is noisy, right?
A recent study released by a research lab in Germany linked constant noise to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Bottom Line: The Study suggests the stress of constant noise could be a danger to our health.
That’s because relentless noise affects more than just our ears. It disrupts sleep patterns, causes headaches, affects learning and focus. After awhile these negative outcomes of noise puts a body under stress. And a body under constant stress releases hormones which can eventually lead to high blood pressure, stroke, even heart failure.
People who live near 24-hour businesses, like airports, subways and train stations are especially vulnerable to the stress of constant noise. Also at higher risk? Women who are already sensitive to noise, the study found, can find their cardiovascular health risk increase by as much as 80 percent.
Most of us chalk up the constant bombardment of noise as simply a fact of life; we grow used to the noise and therefore may shrug off, ignore, or perhaps not even recognize the biological effects taking place.
But without us even knowing it, adverse physiological changes are taking place, wreaking havoc on our health.
So what can be done to combat the constant onslaught of noise? Here are two good ways to reduce noise in a home or office.
- Add soundproof windows. Studies show that the majority of exterior noise comes in through windows and doors. A soundproof window is a second (ie add-on) window placed behind your existing window that is acoustically engineered to act as a sound barrier.
- Soundproof the walls. A second source of noise pollution is sound transmission through shared walls, especially between offices, multiple tenant buildings, and townhouses, as well as sound transmission through floor/ceiling assemblies. Soundproofing the walls and ceilings will help deaden the noise transferring through. For more information on soundproofing walls and ceilings, contact Ace Resources. We can provide a free acoustical insulation audit to see how soundproofing can be effective in your property.