Sounding off: The hidden cost of noise pollution in Australia
Excessive noise is equal to stress. It must be regarded as a public health issue, and we must act. Living with such an incessant ruckus has evolved into a sort of fine art.
Many Australian individuals are subjected to serious noise pollution. It might be so loud that it not only harms their quality of life but also causes illness. It's like you're under constant attack from the racket.
What sound do we hear that needs our attention?
We have those who live near large construction projects, where workers and their machines are extending a local tram line. Workers operate at nearly 80 decibels between 75 and 80. As a result, they're already in an invasive position.
When you live near a major road, you get the continual barrage of cars and the continuous door it goes with them.
And similarly, in the areas where you hear planes taking off and landing, such as at Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport, near a highway or railway tracks. It is estimated that you will lose up to three years of life expectancy.
What are the medical and financial consequences of noise pollution?
The most well-known consequence of noise is, without a doubt, discomfort. We don't always think of it in terms of a major health hazard. Sleep disruption, which can have numerous adverse effects, including heart problems, is more directly linked to our health.
There are a variety of other situations that might affect you in the future. Last but not least, real estate prices have fallen as homes will depreciate if you live near a lot of noisy infrastructures, your home will depreciate. These charges are significant and make up a big portion of the overall price of noise.
In Australia, approximately 28–32 percent of the workforce is likely to work in an environment where they are exposed to loud noise at their job. Noise-related injuries are most prevalent in the manufacturing and construction industries, with technicians and trades workers, machinery operators, drivers, and laborers being among the most vulnerable groups.
However, there are ways to break the chain.
What matters is that cities collaborate and share knowledge on policies, best practices, and so on to help address the issue of noise in a meaningful way. As a result, governments must develop public legislation to combat this problem for cities to promote collaborations to increase momentum.
But, we are here to extend a helping hand.
And that is why we urge any governing body to join Noise Net so that they can keep track of the noise! We let you monitor noise levels on the property and even send notifications if someone is making too much noise.
Now you can take steps to reduce your exposure and get some peace back with NoiseNet, an Australian technology company working in noise management! Intrusive noises come from every direction--whether they be a noisy air conditioner unit or barking dogs; we are here to help you work with your local noise regulator, whether your council, the police, Airservices or others. We can help you (or help them) gather reliable, independent evidence of the nuisance, so they are in a position to take action to resolve your issues. So please don't hesitate if this sounds like something that could benefit you.