Sound comes from a variety of sources. At a certain level, it could be soothing, like listening to the sound of nature or playing one’s favorite tunes at acceptable volumes. But sound could turn into noise when the volume is cranked up several decibels higher. Also, some locations produce noise more than any other location. Proximity to areas with very high levels of noise, such as industrial and commercial complexes, could be disruptive and to one’s general health.
Effects of Noise Pollution
On the surface, exposure to unpleasant noise seems like a typical inconvenience of modern living. Every day millions of people take their daily commute along roads with high noise levels, some even work in facilities with noise-producing equipment. Some even live in residential complexes that are located near noise-producing facilities. But beyond the surface, the effects are more lasting and deep. In fact, constant exposure to high decibels of noise has far reaching effects on one’s overall health and wellness.
Those who are constantly exposed to high noise level experience a barrage of health effects. This is especially true for those who work in manufacturing and industrial type occupations. Aside from the hearing loss, individuals who work or live near high noise producing sources could potentially develop cardiovascular risks and issues. Constant exposure to noise pollution causes high blood pressure, tension, stress, and anxiety.
Children who are exposed to noise pollution are also prone to physical and psychological issues. These issues could impact cognitive, and even behavioral health, in the long run. Even wildlife living near the noise pollutant are affected. Noise could disrupt natural processes, from predatorial protection to reproduction.
Implementing Noise Control Solutions
Along with the disruptive and unhealthy effects of noise pollution, owners of industrial, commercial, and even residential facilities could also be exposed to litigation. Failure to mitigate and address noise pollution levels could potentially lead to these circumstances. Specialized solutions are available in the market that provides customized noise mitigation or control plans and tools.
Erecting sound barrier panels is part of the solution. These external or internal structures are often constructed in areas with a lot of noise traffic. These areas include roadways, airports, and industrial or manufacturing complexes. Even residential and office complexes with noise-producing commercial HVAC systems can be fitted with these panels.
Soundproofing panels are often made out of materials that can either absorb or deflect noise. These materials include earthworks, concrete, steel, among others. Some modern soundproofing innovations lean toward absorptive technology by utilizing a porous base material for the panels. The panel design is also geared toward this and address other external factors such as wind shear and other atmospheric conditions that could affect the transmittal of sound.
Overall health and comfort could be disrupted with the constant barrage of noise pollutants. Communities living near a location that produce so much noise, such as highways and industrial facilities, are often vulnerable to the harmful effects of high noise exposure. With mitigation and dampening solutions, noise levels are lowered and people are protected from unwanted sounds.