When the subject of noise pollution comes up, most people think of loud environmental sounds such as airplanes, jackhammers, and city traffic. Rarely is our home the first place we think of when it comes to high decibels. However, when you think about it, our homes can be loud with constant noise including:
Don’t forget the hum of a refrigerator, the air conditioner rumbling, the low roar of the heater, the coffee grinder, and in some cases, even the neighbors. Our homes are full of hearing hazards, and it is wise to consider ways of eliminating or reducing the loud volumes.
Excessive noise pollution within the home causes health problems. A few of the ways the constant sounds vibrating through your home can affect you include:
Without question, the best way to handle hearing loss is to prevent it. An excellent place to start protecting your hearing is in your own home.
Consider noise when you are purchasing a home appliance or tool. The best way to prevent excessive noise in your home is to keep it out in the first place. Buying the right machines can help you keep the sound level down. The good news is that many engineers are now designing appliances with noise reduction in mind. If you choose to do a side by side comparisons of products be aware that manufacturers do not test their products under the same conditions. You will find that evaluations by independent testing agencies will provide you with the most reliable information regarding appliances.
A home can be a loud place! Over time, the constant exposure to loud noise in the house can lead to irreversible hearing loss. Take the time to identify the loud sounds in your home and take steps to quiet or eliminate them if possible. Your hearing health will benefit from the effort.