Controlling Noise Pollution – Simple Ideas
Its all around us these days, noise pollution. Controlling noise pollution can be done in a couple of different ways such as soundproofing, soundproofing outdoor walls or commonly, masking. Obviously some of these solutions are not going to be completely viable, but some of them really can help with controlling noise pollution and help your health, hearing and reduce your noise exposure.
Soundproofing is an excellent way to combat noise pollution, especially if you live in the city. There are many sounds you are hearing, buses, cabs, trains, planes, you name it and its pretty much there to distract you and slowly over long exposure to these sound levels, it does wear on your health.
Some people have gone so far in controlling noise pollution as to build noise proof or soundproof walls around their house. Now, I know what your thinking, “A wall around my house?”. Well its not a 20 foot wall by no means, but it is a slight wall of say 4 feet or so. These really do help diffuse the sound from environmental factors and push it away from the living area.
Now, from environmental listening to cars and buses, you probably aren’t’ going to have any long term hearing loss, but you may get distracted. Speaking of distractions, a good way to(and most common way) to get rid of these sounds is simply by creating another distraction.
Did you ever hear of white noise fans? Those are used to create a gentle white noise that masks these sounds, sure you hear a little fan going all the time, but its common and your ears adjust and over time you really do not hear the fan, but you don’t’ hear the cars or the buses either!
Listening to music is a great way for controlling noise pollution as well. My favorite method to control noise pollution though is a simple one. Controlling noise pollution can be done simply by getting heavy curtains that act as soundproofing curtains. You can also increase the amount of insulation you have on your windows, this really does help and its a great tip for people who live in small apartments.
Controlling noise pollution isn’t that hard if you have the right tools. And sometimes the right tools are pretty cheap, such as a small fan for white noise, an ipod or some heavy duty curtains. These will all help when you are controlling noise pollution in your home.