Why Measure Noise?
Noise is everywhere and has more of an impact than one might think. The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or distributing sound”.(1) Noise can impact us in multiple ways, such as affecting your concentration at work and causing health effects.
In the Office
Being at work is when you want to be as productive and efficient as possible, but what happens when noise affects how you work? In your workplace, there will always be distracting sounds, such as telephones ringing, coworkers talking, and outside noise from cars. A study shows that 69% of employees globally are impacted by noise pollution, which causes their concentration, productivity, and creativity to decrease.(2)
Health Effects from Noise
With all this noise in the office, it can create health problems. Some health effects of noise pollution include stress-related illness, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, fatigue, headaches, irritability, and increased susceptibility to colds and other minor infections.(3) Along with these health effects, hearing loss can increase. The hearing damage depends on how long you are exposed to the frequency and loudness of the noise. The noise measurement is calculated from the loudness and measured in decibels. Though each person has different noise sensitivity, experts believe hearing damage occurs when the noise levels are higher than 85 decibels.(3) The risk of hearing is based on loudness and exposure. Therefore, reducing as little as 12 decibels in noise can help concentration.
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