NOISE CANCELLATION: MORE THAN JUST A BUZZWORD.

I have long held the opinion that the amount of noise that anyone can bear undisturbed stands in inverse proportion to his mental capacity and may therefore be regarded as a pretty fair measure of it.

~ Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur is saying, the more empty the head, the more toleratant it is to jamgling noises.

(Excessive) noise is a stressor, and actually makes me sick. It is why I would always try to avoid attending certain events, or worship places..

High levels of sound cause irreversible hearing damage. It is why Electric Vehicles (with their whisper_quiet operation) is something that needs to catch on much more quickly, globally Traffic noise is one of the biggest pollutant in big cities and these cars eliminate that threat to human sanity!

That’s huge!

While regular exposure to high decibel levels will sure do damage to your well-being, low-level undesirable sounds are not harmless either, as they can affect psychological and physical well-being as well.

Noise is any unwanted sound. With any noise that disturbs, the body goes into a state of alert. It produces stress hormones such as adrenaline or cortisol, the heart beats faster, blood pressure and respiratory rates increase.

Get exposed regularly enough, and you have dis-ease.

In addition to stress, noise can have other health effects, such as nervousness, agitation,fatigue, aggressiveness, hypertension, cardiovascular illnesses, disorders of concentration, decrease in text comprehension, communication disorders,insomnia.

Sleep is disturbed as a result of high decibels. We wake up more often, resulting in fatigue, drowsiness and with decreased attention and performance the next day.

You can measure a man by the kind of noise he calls music.

Children, the sick and those who work at night and sleep during the day are particularly affected by noise.

Individuals react differently to noise. Many factors play a role, e.g, type of noise, temperament, time of day, health status, age and sex.

Be Still, And Know That I Am Within

The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. It is not only physical symptomatic manifestations that are considered to be health problems, but also the subjective disturbances of well-being caused by noise.

Impairment of quality of life can also lead to long-term illness.

Certain occupations make it tough to avoid injurious noise levels: the panel-beater hitting a hammer against sheet metal all day long, the bus driver constantly on the road, subjected to traffic noise, those working close to  airport tarmacs, etc.

There is also that devout worshipper subjected to regular strident noise from high-power loudspeakers, etc.

Deafening me softly with his noise.

As much as, and whenever possible avoid serious noise. Sometimes this is impossible, but we can often mitigate this.

Must you truly show your neighbours you’ve got the acoustic power by raising the volume of your HiFi system to the max? Have you considered the damage to your eardrums, and those of your neighbours? How about the habit of shouting while on a phone call? Remember, this is like speaking directly into the ears of your listener.

And as a Pastor, shouting into your microphone is so meh. Why shout? Those wedding receptions with those noises that reverberate in ones thoracic cavity?

Can we have some more quiet, please?

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