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Dangers Of Noise: Negative Effects Of Loud Sounds To Health Revealed

Regular exposure to loud noise damages your hearing and may cause cardiovascular problems, too. The latter includes high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. The conditions develop since exposure to noise causes stress that adversely affects overall health.

According to an epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and co-writer of a study published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine Liz Masterson, people who are regularly exposed to loud noise experience hypertension and have higher cholesterol levels.

In their study, Masterson and her team found that 14 percent of hypertension cases and nine percent of those who had high cholesterol levels were potentially caused by regular exposure to loud noise. Moreover, they suggested that noise exposure increases levels of stress ,which is a contributory factor in the aforesaid complications. Masterson added that the body’s typical response to stress include increased heart rate and blood pressure.

The irritating effect of loud noise also adversely affects the health of community members. A study published in the International Journal of Cardiology revealed that people who were annoyed by rumbling cars, loud horns and construction vehicle engines are at a higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation. These irregular rhythm of the heart may lead to blood clots and even stroke.

Exposure to too much noise also disrupts sleep that results in several adverse health conditions. As per Richard Neitzel, an associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan, insufficient sleep increases the risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Children’s cognitive development is also adversely affected by too much exposure to loud noise. Children who live in noisy residences scored worse on reading tests than those who live in quieter environments. Moreover, the World Health Organization reviewed 34 studies linked to noise exposure and found that children exposed to loud noise regularly had poorer reading comprehension, impaired long-term memory retention and scored lower on standardized tests.

Loud noise A lady exudes a loud noise to two school boys in a field. Sasin Tipchai/Pixabay