Do you sometimes long in vain for silence because you can not or do not want to "hear" the everyday noise? Do you occasionally bother the music in the department store or in the lift? Are you one of the 70% of Germans complaining about street noise? Or do you have only a few problems with volume, maybe even loud disco music? The day against the noise should make us all aware of the impact of sound effects and sensitive to noise and its consequences. Noise is a serious environmental problem. Persistent but also short-term noise exposure can have a variety of negative effects on humans, ranging from the feeling of being bothered to acute or chronic damage to one's health.
Did you know, that…
- Almost all Germans (80%) are in any way affected by noise?
- More than half of the population is being harassed by several noise sources at the same time?
- Over a third of people in Germany feel significantly annoyed by street noise?
- About a quarter of Germans are affected by rail noise?
- Almost 15% feel significantly disturbed by aircraft noise?
- after all, 6.5% of Germans are highly harassed by the noise of their neighbors?
Of course, noise prevents good communication and worsens concentration. This can be particularly noticeable in the workplace and when the noise source is in the immediate vicinity. In addition, noise disturbances lead to sleep disturbances and stress the cardiovascular system.
If the impairment lasts longer, it can lead to deafness (about 14 million Germans, about 15% of the population, rising tendency) or the dreaded tinnitus (almost 3 million Germans, 4% of the population over 10 years, and rising). That you can relax under a constant noise only bad and the recovery suffers, hardly needs to be mentioned.
7 tips against noise in everyday life
The following recommendations can be made with very little effort, but already have a considerable effect! Rethink all points in peace. And consider whether you can heed one or the other.
- Do not make more noise than is absolutely necessary and avoidable under the circumstances. Pay attention to the right of others to rest.
- ALWAYS wear ear protection if it is prescribed or advisable. Use only products with optimal protection. Before each activity, check if you need hearing protection, e.g. when mowing the lawn, tail cutting or home improvement.
- Check the toys of your children! - Crackers and deterrent pistols can cause considerable damage to your hearing even with short-term effects!
- Avoid recreational activities where you are exposed to high sound levels.
- Be sure to critically check the volume setting on your radio and television sets, which will provide you with daily sound. Rethink your habits: Does the radio or TV need to run in the background?
- Do not use the horn of your car for fun or carelessness.
- Have your hearing checked by professionals at regular intervals.