Noise pollution

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There are a lot of different types of pollution and believe it or not, noise is one of them. Noise pollution has been around for a long time even if we're not aware of it. The word "noise" is derived form the Latin word "nausea", meaning seasickness. Here I hope to cover a few points on noise and hopefully state a few things which had been done to overcome it.

Noise comes from all over the place. Noise from road traffic, jet planes, jet skies, garbage trucks, construction equipment, manufacturing processes, lawn mowers, leaf blowers, and boom boxes, to name a few, are among the audible litter that are routinely broadcasted in the air. The air which second-hand noise is emitted and on which it travels is a "commons", a public good. It belongs to everyone, whether we like it or not. So therefore no one has the rights to broadcast noise as they please.

We experience noise in a number of ways. On some occasions, we can be both the cause and the victim of noise.

Noise negatively affects human health and well-being. Problems related to noise include hearing loss, stress, high blood pressure, sleep loss, distraction and lost productivity, and a general reduction in the quality of life and opportunities for tranquility. Noise is more than just a nuisance. It constitutes a real and present danger to people's health. Constant noise throughout the day, wherever you are, can produce serious physical and psychological stress. Though we seem to adjust to noise by ignoring it, the ear, in fact, never closes and the body still responds - sometimes with extreme tension, as to a strange noise in the night.

Some might probably think that noise is no big deal. But losing your hearing, or many other effects...