The Big Cities Dealing With Noise Pollution
We don’t tend to think of noise pollution in the same way as we do air pollution. Noise pollution, which describes the excessive noise we associate with city life – traffic, construction, industry, people going about their daily lives – is seen as a cause of irritation and sometimes anger, but beyond that we don’t regard it as doing us any actual physical harm.
Yet a recent study by German company Mimi Hearing Technologies has revealed that noise pollution does us more damage than we realise. Using data from 200,000 people across the world, the survey discovered that those who live in noisy cities are more likely to suffer hearing loss. By administering a hearing test via mobile phone, they calculated that people in the loudest cities were, on average, ten years ‘older’ in terms of their hearing than those in the quietest cities.