Neuroscientists suggest even "low-level" noise can lower life expectancy.
You may not think of it this way, but wherever we go, our brains are on constant alert.
There are particularly "hot spots" for noise pollution. The ambient sounds around us are in fact the "hot spots" for noise pollution.
Take a break and listen carefully. What do you hear? The leaves rustle, and cries of the city's noise are all around us. It is a constant hum but we ignore it.
And this is evident after reading the book, "Of Sound Mind," an in-depth look at how we perceive sound and music.
In this book, you will find out how sound is a powerful force. It gives you a glimpse into cutting-edge scientific studies that explores why we love music, how we make words out of it, and the importance of creating healthy sonic environments.
As our world is full of sound and surrounded by it, silence is becoming extinct. We are so used to the sounds around us that we can barely focus, and in this noisy world, focus is becoming a rare commodity. It affects us without us even being aware of it.
Think of a person who loves music. Why do they love it?
Music is a huge part of our lives — it reflects our mood and helps us to navigate the world around us. It's so important that we even have a specialised part of our brain devoted to processing it. It is a multi-sensory experience. In the brain, music engages sight, sound, and touch. In fact, music is so powerful that it can help us learn communication skills beyond music.
Sound is so powerful that it can evoke an emotional response and create physical sensations.
That's because we've learned it over time. The sound of your child's voice has a home in your brain. So when you hear something familiar, it engages you. It engages your feelings and your emotions. It engages the whole person.
In this new age, we have been hearing the sounds of nature in a way we never have before and that is the beauty that is pulled from the pandemic.
Although it is impossible to truly tune it out, hearing evolved as a survival mechanism, and is still critical to our success. It is an alert system that helps us find food, mates, and danger.
But, in order to find true silence, one must create an absence of background noise. It may be the refrigerator humming in the kitchen, or the overhead lights buzzing in the office. You don't notice it until it stops. Then you realise how much noise is actually made.
It is only then that you will feel the relief of true silence.
But, can you identify the source of each sound alone? Do you notice it?
NoiseNet is a technology that can automate the process of gathering useful data about your environment, identifying the source of sounds such as traffic, crowds, and construction noise.
We come from a place of help so if you are a member of a council, get in touch with any noise matter to help monitor noise in your area and we will be right in front of your doorstep.