Is Traffic Noise Ruining Your Health?

World Health Organization (WHO) says “yes” in their latest report released in late March. According to the studies conducted in Europe traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting our health in Europe, after air pollution. Traffic noise level higher than 60dB cause 1.8% of heart attacks in the populations studied. It is imperative […]
World Health Organization (WHO) says “yes” in their latest report released in late March. According to the studies conducted in Europe traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem affecting our health in Europe, after air pollution. Traffic noise level higher than 60dB cause 1.8% of heart attacks in the populations studied. It is imperative that the traffic noise should be reduced. Environmental Protection UK has recently launch a Campaign For Better Tires which encourages drivers to purchase better tires that are quieter. The European Commission is expected to release a proposal in June for more stringent vehicle noise standards, and from November 2012 new regulations for stricter tyre noise levels and tyre labeling for noise come into force. Noise health effects are the health consequences of elevated sound levels. Elevated workplace or other noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, annoyance and sleep disturbance. Changes in the immune system and birth defects have been attributed to noise exposure, but evidence is limited. Although some presbycusis may occur naturally with age, in many developed nations the cumulative impact of noise is sufficient to impair the hearing of a large fraction of the population over the course of a lifetime. Noise exposure has also been known to induce tinnitus, hypertension, vasoconstriction and other cardiovascular impacts. Beyond these effects, elevated noise levels can create stress, increase workplace accident rates, and stimulate aggression and other anti-social behaviors. The most significant causes are vehicle and aircraft noise, prolonged exposure to loud music, and industrial noise. Road traffic causes almost 80% of the noise annoyances in Norway. The social costs of traffic noise in EU22 are over €40 billion per year, and passenger cars and lorries (trucks) are responsible for bulk of costs. Traffic noise alone is harming the health of almost every third person in the WHO European Region. One in five Europeans is regularly exposed to sound levels at night that could significantly damage health. Noise is also a threat to marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Read more here: http://aeinews.org/archives/1305?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+aeinews+%28aeinews.org%29
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