What is noise pollution?

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In my opinion, noise pollution is a degree of sound disruptive and damaging to the human ear.  In addition, it is unwanted sound in an environment where such sound is neither wanted nor appropriate.  What is noise to one person may not be noise to another, but when the decibels reach a level where actual damage occurs to a person's inner ear, is can be construed as noise pollution.

Noise pollution is an abstract term, as sound cannot be touched, seen, smelled, or tasted.  But, it is very real and tangible when the level of a sound becomes so high that actual discomfort or pain is caused.   

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Noise pollution refers to generation and spread on noises in places and at times which causes disturbances in activities of other people, or causes discomfort or harms their health. In particular noise pollution can cause temporary of permanent damage to hearing. Noise pollution can take place within a limited environment where people work or it may extend to other common areas. or environment. For example, the noise of aeroplanes taking off and landing causes noise pollution for people living near airports.

Noise pollution does not pollute the environment, but it is harmful as long as the noise at any place is beyond certain acceptable levels measured in decibels. These levels are also set according to the time of the day. For example we can withstand higher noise levels around our houses during day day time but while we are trying to sleep at night, ewe need quieter environment.

Noise pollution is caused primarily by operations of machines and equipment. Noise created by some of these machines may be confined within a close premise, or it may pollute environment around it. Noise pollution may also be caused by other activities such as open air music shows, public speeches, and even our neighbours playing loud music late at night.

There are three main ways of controlling noise pollution.

  1. Quiting down the source of noise. For example, designing and building equipments that do make less noise. It also means not indulging in noise polluting  activities such as playing very loud music, and taking care to avoid creating excess noise at wrong times or wrong places.
  2. Blocking passage of noise by building suitable noise barriers around the source of noise. This is not possible when people need to interact with the equipment. In such as it is advisable for people working in the noisy environment to wear suitable ear plugs.
  3. Absorbing the noise created. This is done to reduce noise level within an enclosed space which also contains the source of noise. The noise level in such places can be reduces by lining the interior of such places with material that absorbs rather than reflects noise.
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selenajones85 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

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noise pollution, human-created noise harmful to health or welfare. Transportation vehicles are the worst offenders, with aircraft, railroad stock, trucks, buses, automobiles, and motorcycles all producing excessive noise. Construction equipment, e.g., jackhammers and bulldozers, also produce substantial noise pollution.
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mahles32 | High School Teacher | eNotes Newbie

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I find noise pollution to be anything distracting or irritating regarding what I hear. If I am out taking a walk trying to enjoy a beautiful day, noise pollution might the guy driving by blaring his music and spinning his tires, or the sounds of horns as people wait too long in traffic. For instance, if you're sitting down to write a paper on the effects of weather on the outcome of sporting events, it would be very distracting to hear siblings fighting and yelling while you are trying to concentrate. Or if you are listening to dogs barking in the alley. I see noise pollution as anything that takes away or distracts me from the task at hand or just plain irritates me deep in my core. All these having to do with things that I am hearing. I guess if I got myself a great pair of earplugs I wouldnt have a problem, unless silence irritates you and therefor falls under noise pollution as well.....

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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Noise pollution is an abstract term, as sound cannot be touched, seen, smelled, or tasted. - marbar57

But sound can be heard.

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