The Sound of Music – Yes, It’s Everywhere: A blog around noise pollution and how you can address this residence atmosphere.
A few years ago we went to see the Lion King in the West End. It was an awesome show and I thought it was great how they used live music (and animals) to enhance the experience. However one thing that really got on my nerves was the amount of electronic sounds there were in the background. What I mean by this is that during certain parts of the story, a long sustained note would be played on an electronic instrument such as a synthesiser or keyboard in order to add drama and tension to the scene.
At first I wasn’t bothered by it but after a while I began to notice how fake it sounded and found myself thinking “surely they could have done it with real instruments”. Now don’t get me wrong – I like electronic music and use it myself – but in this case I felt like the electronic sounds were being used for the wrong reasons. They didn’t add anything other than making me feel like I was watching some kind of sci-fi movie!
When you are out and about in the city, you cannot escape from hearing music. Whether you like it or not, when you walk down the street, sit in cafes or go shopping music is everywhere. The main reason for this is that companies use it to increase profitability by creating a pleasant atmosphere for customers.
However, not everyone likes the same type of music, so therefore noise pollution is created. Noise pollution is something we are exposed to everyday and research shows that noise pollution has negative effects on our health. Therefore I will give an insight into how we can address noise pollution and improve our well-being.
New studies show that environmental noises can have negative effects on our health and well-being, especially if we hear those noises frequently. These sounds often occur in public places such as shopping malls, restaurants or cafes. They are also very common in retail areas where there is a high traffic of people passing through. The reasons behind all of these sounds being played publicly could be for entertainment or to create a pleasant environment for the customers visiting these places.
The main example of such sounds would be music that plays repeatedly to create an enjoyable atmosphere for people who visit a specific place. We are exposed to different types of music every day and we barely even notice it anymore,
What is this sound? It’s like a constant high pitch sound and it hurts my ears. It is so loud that I can’t sleep!
Now, you all know that feeling. All of us have experienced that high frequency noise coming from the neighbour’s apartment or from some other source in the neighbourhood. And it gets even worse when you find out there are many different types of noises polluting our environment and it comes from virtually everything around us.
Depending on where you live and what kind of job you do, you’ll be exposed to various types of noise pollution every day. Some are loud and short, others are quiet and long-lasting. But they all affect your health in some way or another. And noise pollution has been increasing worldwide over the past decades due to an increase in urbanization and industrialization.
What causes noise pollution? It’s the sound of music. That constant thumping bass in your neighbor’s car stereo, the sound of your co-worker’s voice on speaker phone, and that song your friend keeps singing while you’re trying to work.
Noise pollution is not just annoying—it’s dangerous to your health. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “Exposure to loud noise can cause hearing loss, create stress, increase blood pressure, contribute to fatigue, reduce productivity, interfere with communication and concentration, and provoke hostility and irritability.”
But don’t fret! There are some simple things you can do to protect yourself from this sonic menace. Here are a few suggestions:
Turn it down! No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you’re experiencing noise pollution, turn it down. A couple of notches lower on your radio or TV volume can make a huge difference in the quality of life for those around you.
Use earphones or headphones! When listening to music or watching TV at home or using a mobile device such as a laptop computer or MP3 player outdoors or in other public places such as trains and buses, try using earphones or headphones so that only you can hear the sound.
The sound of music is everywhere: in the car, on your iPod, as you prepare dinner, while you work out. It’s hard to escape the noise. But it may not be such a bad thing.
Noise is a word we use to describe an unwanted sound. Noise pollution comes from things like airplanes, cars, and appliances. Other sources are people talking or playing loud music – especially bass-heavy music that rattles windows and shakes the walls.
But what if the sound of music actually helps us? A study in Japan suggests it does. Researchers at Toho University in Tokyo found that patients who listened to relaxing music for up to two hours after surgery needed less pain medication than those who didn’t listen to any music. And they had lower levels of stress hormones in their blood.
It’s just one study and more work needs to be done. But it suggests a way to reduce drug use after surgery – something doctors would like to do because drug side effects can cause other health problems for patients who have just had surgery.
For five years, I’ve been living next to a residence where the tenants were playing music day and night. In addition, the music was always at a high volume, even during night hours.
At first, I thought it would be a temporary solution and that after some time they would realize that they were disturbing their neighbors. But as time went by they were still playing music at a high volume whenever they wanted to and as long as they wanted.
I tried to be patient and understanding but after three years I couldn’t stand it anymore.
Noise is a form of energy that can be both beneficial and harmful. Sound can be useful in many ways, including providing information and entertainment, warning of danger, and communicating with other people. At the same time, however, sound can disrupt social activities or interfere with communication or sleep. It also may cause physical damage to hearing and other adverse health effects.
Sound is measured in decibels (dB). The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise. On average, normal conversation occurs at about 60 dB, a telephone dial tone at about 80 dB, and city traffic from inside a car at about 85 dB. Prolonged exposure to sounds at or above 85 dB can cause hearing loss. In addition to noise-induced hearing loss, excessive noise has been implicated as a factor in cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease as well as in performance decrements such as reduced productivity, absenteeism, errors and accidents.
Noise pollution is unwanted or offensive sounds that unreasonably affect our daily activities. The word noise comes from the Latin word nausea meaning seasickness (Webster’s New World Dictionary). Noise pollution is considered to be any unwanted or disturbing sound that affects our daily activities or interferes with our normal life (e.