The quiet message that needs to be heard
Post on 26th April 2017
Noise is not just an annoying and pervasive part of modern life that is difficult to escape, it’s also bad for our wellbeing.
Have you heard that April 26th is International Noise Awareness Day which aims to raise awareness of noise on the welfare and health of people worldwide?
It was founded in 1996 by the US based Center of Hearing and Communication to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play. The need for action is probably greater than ever with the amplification of noise through technology and personal devices where sounds are always on and always there.
Noise pollution can cause hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep disorder, and other illnesses. It is so important that where we can control sound to keep it at a safe level we do so and protect the sensitive structure of our ears.
Concerns are real. The World Health Organisation estimates that 1.1 billion young people in the world could be at risk of hearing loss because of unsafe listening practices. Exposure to excessive noise at work is the most common reason for noise-induced hearing loss.
There will be groups and activists spreading the word on International Noise Awareness Day that communities should no longer accept that noise is a natural by-product of an industrial society.
Even if you are not inclined to take a public stand it is worth heeding the message and making adjustments where you can. Consider turning the volume down, wearing ear protectors and choosing quieter venues for your leisure time perhaps.
Once hearing is damaged there is no miracle cure, so taking care to protect your hearing makes sound sense.
If you have any worries about your hearing you can find help and advice and free hearing checks at your local Scrivens branch.