It is hard to defend yourself against noise, especially if the sound is
generated by a large construction site or an enormous aeroplane flying over your
home but there are many things you can do to both confront the problem and reduce
exposure to noise pollution in your life in and outside of your home.
Reducing Noise Pollution Through Small Changes in The House
You do not need any evidence or research to conclude that a quieter home that is
less affected by noise pollution makes for a more relaxed, happier and healthier life.
Nobody wants to be affected by excessive noise pollution when they are at work,
when they come in from work or when they are in bed. You can begin by soundproofing your bedroom and office. Carpets, wall coverings
and bookcases all absorb noise and are decorative and homely. If you are even
more serious about cancelling out every bit of noise you can install acoustic foam
panels which are very cheap and excellent at putting a stop to sound that both enters
or leaves a room. An expensive but effective investment would be windows with
double or triple panes of glass, filling the gaps with the aforementioned foam panels
or other sound absorbing materials.
There is also an issue of noise that is within the house. The first thing that can be
done for this is arranging your home so that it is practically laid out. Your bed should
be in the quietest corner away from household items that create consistent noise and
away from things such as, air conditioning and noisy radiators. Alternatively, earplugs and noise-cancelling
headphones are good investments whilst you consider how best to approach your problem. These can be bought
cheaply and are a convenient immediate but maybe temporary action.
Escape Noise Pollution and Go To Your Quiet Place
Whether you make little changes to confront noise pollution or not it is also important
to escape it altogether sometimes. Try and give yourself a break from noise by
stopping off at a park or library on your way back from work or at any point in the day
for that matter. Large parks are usually a safe distance away from the sounds of
traffic, sirens, horns, aeroplanes etc.
If there is not a conveniently accessible or peaceful park near you then libraries are
always well adapted and designed places to repel noise pollution and they are
always strictly kept quiet. Parks, libraries, museums, churches and cemeteries are
good places to go just to sit and relax away from noise pollution. Doing so will relieve stress, relieve the effects noise pollution has on your hearing,
heart and brain and restore your emotional balance.
What to Do Within Your Community to Actively Reduce Noise
The first step is to check the noise pollution laws in your area. There are always
rules for when noise pollution gets out of hand and these are easy to look up by
simply typing it into your computer. Social and community venues and spaces also have to abide by laws in almost all
urban communities. If you are near a restaurant, bar, nightclub, even a place of
worship or anything creating excessive noise pollution see if they're violating any
local laws, often they are only allowed to produce a certain degree of noise at
specific hours and after looking into this don’t be afraid to contact the venue or file a
Construction sites are also dictated by specific hours when they are allowed to be
active. Sometimes the hours they legally have to be closed and not using heavy
machinery are not obeyed. You can help enforce the laws by contacting the site or
the local council, remember your right to your own peace and quiet!
If you live in a smaller community these actions can be done a lot easier and a lot
more effectively as a group to benefit the whole neighbourhood, perhaps specifying
hours when loud items such as lawnmowers can be used and uniting as one against
a large noise pollution output. Noise pollution can affect your hearing and your overall health ,
so it is important to address it, no matter how big or small the situation is.
The last point to accentuate is to remember that when choosing where to live or work
it is very important to carefully assess the noise pollution surroundings. Is your home
or office adequately protected against noise pollution? Are you under a flight path or
near a highway that might create a lot of noise at night?
If you want further consultation about noise pollution that may be affecting you or
have already decided to take action against an output and would like it tested and
analysed contact Noise Monitoring Servicestoday on (323) 546-9902
. As a company of engineers with advanced degrees in acoustical engineering, we can offer sound
measurement and monitoring and consulting on any source and measurement of