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What is Noise Pollution?

Noise is a situation we encounter frequently in our daily lives and we are used to living with it. Noise, which means undesirable sound, can be given as examples of motor vehicle, horn, and construction site sounds in cities, the loud music of the neighbor, and the sound of household appliances. The World Health Organization defines noise as above 65 dB. There are times during the day when we ignore the presence of noise, but being constantly exposed to noise pollution harms our physical and mental health in the long run.


The noise, usually attributed to the cities, manifests itself differently in the countryside. Lawnmowers, chainsaw noises, and dog barking are noise pollution in villages and towns.


Why Does Noise Pollution Occur?

According to the World Health Organization, the sound is harmful when it exceeds 75 decibels (dB) and feels painful at levels above 120 dB. The most common and well-known noise pollution comes from transportation. Highways and motor vehicles cause significant noise pollution together with the mistakes made in city planning. Settlements near the airport or industry are the places most affected by this situation. Building and parking lot construction and road and pavement renovation works are other sources of noise.



What are the Negative Effects of Noise Pollution?

High levels of noise pollution adversely affect human life physiologically and psychologically. Physiologically, it can cause diseases such as tinnitus, headache, sleep disorders, and hypertension. Psychologically, constant exposure to noise causes chronic stress and tension, even unnoticed, and brings with it unexpected nervousness. While stress causes an inability to concentrate, stress is a major factor in cardiovascular diseases.



How Can Noise Pollution Be Controlled?

Being in a calm environment, working efficiently, resting the body, and having a quality life are our most basic needs. With the right architectural designs and acoustic planning, noise control in buildings can be prevented to a great extent. Sound insulation applications and acoustic materials absorb sound in indoor environments. Acoustic sponges, panels, and polyester felts are examples of sound-absorbing materials that can be used. Blocking echoes improves the sound level. With sound insulation, disturbing sounds in mechanical areas are prevented. Impact-induced noises can be isolated by the details produced on the floors.


Conclusion

Noise is an invisible but highly effective threat. To protect human health from noise pollution, it is necessary to be aware of this situation and take precautions. Qubi offers the most suitable solutions for the building with its expert staff and professional approach to eliminate or minimize the noise problem.



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