Noise Pollution and the Quest to Engineering a Silent World

Noise pollution can cause hearing loss, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stress. So, what can be done about it?
Loukia Papadopoulos

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Let's face it! We live in a loud world and it’s only getting louder. This loudness is often referred to as noise pollution and it is more damaging than you would think. Noise pollution can cause hearing loss, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stress.
In fact, it could be the next great public health crisis. What can be done about noise pollution? Currently, there’s an entire field of engineering dedicated to fighting sound pollution called acoustical engineering.

There are many noise-reduction methods that these engineers use in many sectors including environmental, architectural, industrial, entertainment, manufacturing, and transportation. 
These engineers use several methods to stop noise pollution such as acoustical insulation, installing rubber paddings to the base of a machine preventing vibration, enclosing the source of the disturbance itself, and even urban planning.

Finally, architecture plays a role in noise reduction. The noise inside a building can greatly be reduced if both the external and internal walls have high sound reduction through the use of either dense brick walls or lightweight solutions such as layers of plasterboard made with sound-control material. 
These are just some of the noise reduction solutions available but there are plenty more. Watch our video to find out exactly what they are.


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