Loud noise can be annoying and may cause hearing loss.
- Before the levels of noise get loud enough to cause hearing loss, excess noise may lead to sleep disturbance, interference with communication, decreased school performance, increased levels of stress, and changes in social behavior.
- Long-term exposures to loud noise have also been reported to increase the risk of hypertension and heart disease.
- Excess levels of noise may come from a variety of sources including vehicular traffic, aircraft, industry, and countless sources in the home and/or workplace. In order to better protect the community against these potential harmful exposures, regulations have been established to govern acceptable levels of noise made in occupational and residential settings.
To learn more, see Potential Health Effects of Noise Exposure. (PDF)