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Health News: The World is Getting Louder and our Health is Suffering

by Marquette Turner Luxury Homes

in Features, Special Reports, The Real State

The increase in honking cars and roaring planes has soared and new noises – car alarms, surround sound home theaters, an assortment of telephone rings continue to add to the din.

Studies have shown the correlation between noise exposure and heart disease. The higher the noise levels, the higher the risk of hypertension (a major risk factor of heart disease). From these studies it is estimated 3% of all fatal heart attacks can be attributed to noise.

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Excess noise can cause the production of stress hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol, which, if kept in circulation can lead to problems such as high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. Night time noise is of particular concern as our nervous systems should be recharging while we sleep. Unfortunately, if we get used to night time noise, our hormonal reactions don’t change, meaning you sleep through the noise but it can still make you sick.

Apart from moving house, what can you do to turn down the noise:

Wear earplugs to bed

Use noise reducing headphones instead of earphones

Keep MP3/ipod volume lower that 60% of maximum

Buy quiet home appliances

Install sound absorbing insulation in floors, walls and ceiling to soak up sound vibrabtions

Give yourself some quiet time each day

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simonturner July 25, 2009 at 1:17 am

This is astounding. I knew noise damaged your hearing but didn't know it can cause death!

Apparently men in Australia have lesser hearing in the right ear because we have the window when we drive, and the wind effects the right hand ear. Opposite in America etc.

ChristineWatson July 25, 2009 at 2:11 am

I'm off to buy some ear plugs. Who wants some?

College Degrees July 27, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Very interesting. I always figured loud noise was bad only because it possibly could cause loss of hearing. I didn't know it could lead to high blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. I probably should try to limit loud noise as much as possible.

simonturner July 28, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Hi Tanya – I guess it just goes to prove that excess of anything is not good for ones health.

simonturner July 28, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Hi Tanya – I guess it just goes to prove that excess of anything is not good for ones health.

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