From neighbors and traffic to trains and pets, noise is a part of our everyday lives. But there are serious repercussions when it comes to daily exposure to high noise levels. It’s important to stay aware of how noise can affect you—both physically and emotionally—and learn how you can protect yourself from noise pollution.

Even if you think you’ve become accustomed to the hustle and bustle of your clamoring surroundings, noise has serious health effects—this includes your blood pressure, heart rate, sleeping patterns,  hearing, concentration, ability to heal after an illness or injury and overall mood.

In fact, the effects of noise pollution have been linked to hypertension, heart disease and tinnitus. Changes in the immune system and birth defects have also been attributed to overwhelming amounts of noise exposure.

Studies show children brought up in noisy environments have a harder time than their peers with school work while the elderly can experience exaggerated symptoms of illness, depression, anxiety and sleep deprivation!

So, how is noise currently affecting your life? Do you live in one of the nosiest cities in the country?

Take a look at the top 10 loudest cities in USA:

  1. Detroit, MI
  2. Oakland, CA
  3. Memphis, TN
  4. Philadelphia, PA
  5. Miami, FL
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Atlanta, GA
  8. San Francisco, CA
  9. Houston, TX
  10. Jacksonville, FL

Evaluate your space and surroundings, keeping in mind that learning to cope with noise pollution isn’t the solution. Noise levels should be monitored and steps should be taken to reduce the amount of noise you’re currently subjected to.

Source: Residential Acoustics