Studies have shown that exposure to extreme noises can damage your health in more than one way.
How can Loud Environments Affect Your Hearing Health and Well-being?
Frequent exposure to powerful noises has been linked to cardiovascular issues, like high blood pressure. One study discovered higher rates of hypertension and high cholesterol from individuals who were routinely susceptible to loud noises in the workplace. This indicated that for at least four hours each day, several days per week, these employees had to speak louder than normal to be heard by someone who stood a few feet away.
Researchers came to the conclusion that 14 percent of cases involving hypertension and 9 percent of cases involving high cholesterol were likely caused by the stress from working in a loud environment.
The body reacts to stress in different ways, which include an increase in heart rate, and an increase in blood pressure.
Feeling irritated at the sound of loud noise in your environment might affect your health. A study from 2018 discovered that people who were bothered by the sound of a rumbling car, construction vehicle engines, and horns were at a higher risk of atrial fibrillation - which is an abnormal heartbeat that could cause blood clots and stroke.
Loud noises in your surroundings may also disrupt your sleeping patterns.
Poor sleeping habits have been associated with diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other health problems.
Passing the time in noisy environments may lead to unhealthy diet choices.
The Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, scientists determined that patrons in restaurants and grocery stores purchased healthier foods when noise levels were low, and purchased unhealthy foods when noise levels were higher. Other researchers found that louder music may lead to greater alcohol consumption at bars and restaurants.
Noise Exposure to Children
Children may notably be sensitive to loud noises. Studies have shown that there is a connection between increased exposure to noise and weaker cognitive abilities in children.
In a classic study from 1978, researchers analyzed children who resided in a middle-income housing project that was built over a bustling New York City highway. They discovered that children who lived on lower, noisier floors that were adjacent to the highway had worse reading test scores than children who resided on higher, quieter floors.
In 2018, the World Health Organization analyzed 34 studies that associated exposure to noise with low reading comprehension, standardized test results, and long-term memory.
In addition to noise as a distraction, just like in adults, scientists believe that noise may cause stress in children.
Preserve Your Hearing Health
Limit how much noise you are exposed to. Being around noise levels exceeding 85 decibels (dBA), for over eight hours on a daily basis might damage your hearing. When noises are louder, less time is taken to cause harm.
A noise level reaching 100 dBA (the near equivalent of a car horn blasting from a few feet away, or a sporting event) can result in damaged hearing after 15 minutes.
If you cannot leave a noisy environment by moving to a quieter neighborhood or environment take these into consideration:
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