What Is Noise Pollution?

Over the years, awareness of noise pollution has really increased, with discussions around its impact on the world around us now much more common. As a result, various measures have been introduced to help combat its negative effects by cutting out potentially harmful noise levels.

Along a similar vein, the importance of environmental preservation has also gained real traction. Alongside the fight to reduce noise pollution, common steps to help safeguard the future of the planet and its inhabitants include recycling, protecting natural habitats, switching to renewable energies, promoting green living, eliminating animal testing, and taking a stand against animal cruelty.

Hazardous noise

We are bombarded by noise at almost every turn. Particularly in urban environments, daily life can be a constant barrage of traffic noise, sirens, roadworks, crowds, and so on. Even within our own homes, we tend to surround ourselves with a soundscape of music, TV, and conversation, giving our ears little or no time to rest.

Avoiding this altogether in the modern age is virtually impossible, but there are things we can do to reduce how much it affects us.

The impact of excessive noise on our health

The harm caused by pollution has long been studied, but it is only in more recent years that we have come to recognize how many different kinds of pollution there are, and the myriad ways they can manifest. It may be surprising to learn, but noise pollution is more than just an irritant; it can in fact have serious health implications for those repeatedly exposed to it. Headaches, insomnia, hearing loss, and fatigue are just a few of the most commonly observed side effects, and these can all lead to difficulties in concentration, reduced efficiency at work, emotional distress, and trouble with communication. In the most serious cases, excessive noise can even trigger the development of cardiovascular and metabolic disorders.

It is also worth noting that noise pollution, though predominantly caused by humans, does not only affect us. Indeed, it is also capable of causing harm to the animal world. Excessive noise has been observed to cause disorientation and increased aggression in some animals. The ability to communicate with each other and listen out for danger is also vital for the survival of many species, and this too can be hampered by excessive noise.

How can we counter noise pollution?

Nowadays, the extent of the problem is becoming much more apparent. As such, it is now monitored by various European networks, having reached a global scale.

When it comes to general street noise and suchlike, the sad reality is there is very little we can do as individuals to combat noise. That said, road surfaces are being improved in many areas, and the use of silent tires and electric cars (both of which produce fewer decibels) is becoming more widespread.

On a more personal level, there are specific situations in which we can intervene. Noisy neighbors can be asked to dial down the volume, for example, with repeat offenders who refuse to cooperate reported to the relevant authorities (who may reprimand or fine them). Alternatively, you can take steps to better soundproof your home, via insulation, double/triple glazed windows, etc.

Part of promoting a healthy lifestyle is encouraging the use of bicycles and, where possible, utilizing public transport or walking. As a result, there are fewer cars on our streets, which helps to significantly cut down noise pollution – not to mention gas emissions. Indeed, many urban environments now boast several green zones and quiet spots – places where you can go to escape the constant noise and bustle of city life.

However, the best way to isolate yourself from excessive noise is to use earplugs. They can be used in all sorts of situations, both at home and on the go: while sleeping, studying, working, travelling, and so on.

What kind of earplugs should you use?

There are lots of models available on the market these days. While this means there is something for everyone, it can be a little daunting knowing which type will be the right fit for you! That is why it can be worth looking into each style of earplugs before you commit, to make sure your needs will be properly met. You can read all about our various products on the HASPRO website, and you are always welcome to contact us via e-mail or chat for additional assistance.

In general, the choice of model depends on the intended use. For example, we have designs specifically tailored towards use during extreme sports (like motor racing and shooting), and products designed to help you get a good night’s sleep, among many others. So, whether you are on the lookout for universal disposable earplugs, moldable earplugs, or custom made-to-measure earplugs, we have got you covered. We even have earplugs specially designed for children. After all, the earlier we start taking care of our hearing, the best chance we have of delaying the effects of hearing loss.