Did you know that the sound from a heavy truck moving down the road – approximately 85dB (decibel) – can have an adverse effect on your health? It isn’t just rock musicians who suffer from hearing loss due to exposure to loud noises – noise pollution can cause a host of ailments, from tinnitus to depression.
Exposure to sounds as loud as 100 dB should be limited to just 4 times a year. But many people who live in larger cities hear the sounds of jackhammers or construction tools like circular saws whirring on a daily basis? How about ambulance and police sirens, or the loud ‘hum’ of traffic on a nearby expressway? What about low-flying airplanes, with their engines blaring in your ear drums?