As your specialists in all things pollution, we at M3 Environmental Consulting in Monterey, CA want you to know that sound can be so much more than just an irritation that you have to deal with day in and day out. The unwanted or disturbing sounds around you can affect your physical and mental health. This is known as sound pollution, and it’s more common than you may think.
Common Causes Of Noise Pollution
When we think of pollution, we usually think of plastic bags floating around in the ocean, CO2 emissions in the air, or unwanted substances in our environments. Sound pollution is essentially the same thing, but with sound. Though you might be thinking of jackhammers at a nearby construction site, even household vacuuming, constant workplace commotion, and the sounds of the cars passing outside your apartment at night can all be sources of noise pollution.
- Construction Sites
- Busy Traffic
- Noisy Commercial Areas
- Outdoor Events
- Industrial Machinery
- Constant Workplace Sounds
- Household Gadgets
Effects Of Sound Pollution On Your Health
Often well above World Health Organization safety limits of 70 dB, noise pollution can be damaging to both your physical and mental health. If you happen to experience hearing loss whether it’s because of recreation or the noises in your living or working environments, you can’t get that hearing back. Sound pollution can also be affecting you in other ways whether you realize it or not.
- Hypertension / High Blood Pressure
- Trouble Sleeping
- Child Development Disturbances
- Trouble Concentrating
- Productivity Losses On The Job
- Increased Stress Levels
What Can You Do About It?
We can’t all move to a little house in the country for our health, and many of us wouldn’t want to. If you are concerned about the level of noise you are exposed to every day at home or on the job, there are a few steps you can take. Consider giving your ears a break with comfortable earplugs in places where controlling noise is out of your hands. For confirmation that the areas you spend the most time in are sources of harmful noise pollution, we also recommend professional noise pollution testing.
Noise Pollution Testing In & Around Monterey
At M3 Environmental Consulting, we can provide you with professional noise pollution testing at your home, office, or job site. We offer our residential and business clients with a suite of inspection and assessment services designed to make sure your environments are healthy places to be. Contact us today to schedule your noise pollution test. We look forward to finding out how we can help you.