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Chapter: Why bother about noise?

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Noise pollution: Impacts of noise

Often neglected, noise induces a severe impact on humans and on living organisms. Some of the adverse effects are summarised below.

Impacts of noise

 

Why bother about noise? Often neglected, noise induces a severe impact on humans and on living organisms. Some of the adverse effects are summarised below.

 

 

Annoyance: It creates annoyance to the receptors due to sound level fluctuations. The aperiodic sound due to its irregular occurrences causes displeasure to hearing and causes annoyance.

 

 

Physiological effects: The physiological features like breathing amplitude, blood pressure, heart-beat rate, pulse rate, blood cholesterol are effected.

 

 

Loss of hearing: Long exposure to high sound levels cause loss of hearing. This is mostly unnoticed, but has an adverse impact on hearing function.

 

 

Human performance: The working performance of workers/human will be affected as they'll be losing their concentration.

 

 

Nervous system: It causes pain, ringing in the ears, feeling of tiredness, thereby effecting the functioning of human system.

 

 

Sleeplessness: It affects the sleeping there by inducing the people to become restless and loose concentration and presence of mind during their activities

 

 

Damage to material : The buildings and materials may get damaged by exposure to infrasonic / ultrasonic waves and even get collapsed.

 

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