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This Is Noise

We all hate all kinds of noise (most of us anyway), but most people don’t really know what noise is, or if there is a difference between noise and sound. Let’s go through the basics of noise!

Noise vs Sound
What’s the difference between noise and sound? Actually, there is no real difference. Noise is a subjective perception of sound. In common use, the word noise means any unwanted sound. Noise can be anything from quiet but annoying, to loud and harmful.

Everyday noise
In the old days, the industry was to be blamed for harming people’s hearing due to heavy loud noises. Nowadays, the “everyday noise” in today’s society is considered to be the major villain. We are exposed to noise more or less wherever we are and our ears never sleep, nor can we shut them off. The everyday noise involves all the noise you experience every single day: in traffic, on the bus or train, neighbors playing to loud music, dogs barking. The list goes on. Studies show that more than two million people in Sweden are disturbed by noise from road traffic. Noise is a also major problem for many work places – not only within industry and construction, but also within farming, office work, restaurants, bars, gyms and schools, to name a few.

The effects of noise
Studies show that noise has effects on people’s health and wellbeing. Many people experience tiredness, stress and learning disabilities, when exposed to noise. It’s not only a safety issue in many situations, but also it affects the quality of life. Hearing loss/disorders and tinnitus can be the direct result for someone who is exposed to much noise.

Solutions to avoid noise
There is much to be done to fight the everyday noise, for example new technology, research and informing about the risks. In an ideal world, this would be enough. But the fact is that more and more people get hearing damages and tinnitus, and the number is growing rapidly. The best way to protect your self is to always use ear protection when spending time in high volume and noisy environments.