Noise Pollution Bubbles: Minimise the Aggravation with These Top Tips.
Pollution comes in lots of forms, the most infamous being air-pollution which refers to the build-up of poisonous gases clogging our Earth’s atmosphere. In the long-run, air-pollution is the most harmful to our lives, but in the short term it is actually noise pollution which has the most effect on us. Noises that are constant, too loud and too close to our home or place of work will start to affect our behaviour, our mental health and even out physical health. This is why we think it is important to stay on top of the busy beehive happening outside your home.
How Noise Pollution Effects People.
- Damaged Hearing – Noise exposure leads to increased sensitization which means every sound will sound sharp or louder than it should. This might happen due to damage to your ear drums which are only designed for a certain spectrum of sounds. For example, man-made sounds such as roadworks will be harmful to hearing which is why workmen often wear earmuffs. Not only this, but damaged hearing could affect a person’s balance while standing or walking because it disorientates them.
- Hypertension – If excessive noise in your daily routine would aggravate you (and ok, it probably would), then you are at risk of hypertension. This is a state of great psychological stress which could eventually lead to high-blood pressure, which we all know is dangerous.
- Aggressive Behaviour – If you are dealing with neighbours playing wall-shaking music or listen to building works near your home daily, you are understandably going to get frustrated. Your aggravation is most likely to come out at the people making the noise but if the noise is affecting your sleep, a bad temper could last throughout the day and hurt anyone you encounter.
- Sleep Deprivation – A lack of sleep will come from a neighbour’s disrespect rather than from a building or industrial sites. It could be band rehearsals keeping you awake, it could be DIY shelves going up or a screaming TV. Whatever it is, affecting your sleep means it will affect other parts of your life. Fatigue will slow you down in physical activities and your mental capacity will plummet, possibly having a negative impact on your work.
Things You Can Do.
So, how can some simple DIY tasks help towards making your little bubble of noise more bearable? The main point is patience, because storming over to a neighbour’s home and starting arguments is not going to make anything more than a conflict happen. If you want to bring up how their noisy activities are affecting you, make sure it is in a polite, face-to-face conversation where you avoid being aggressive or patronising.
But here are some simple things to try inside your home to buffer the noise out:
- Cover Up – Use a fan or another noise-generating machine to drown out other noises. Noise is less annoying when you are in control of it, plus a dull consistent hum is less distracting than intermittent sounds such as cars honking their horns or jackhammers cracking concrete.
- Cancel Out – If you are trying to get some work done, consider using noise cancelling headphones. You could listen to some music because, again, noise is less irritating when you are the one in control of it.
- Increase the Padding – There are ways to buffer the sounds you do not want to be hearing. Shrubs and trees are useful to mask foreign sounds, plus they will have the added bonus of providing privacy through windows. New windows which are triple-pane will have the same benefit, as will confirming that all the windows are properly sealed with caulk.
We hope these tips will add some element of comfort into your life. For more DIY tips around your house, visit out blog: www.enlightenea.co.uk/blog.