Urban noise rings alarm bells for public health

Dec 23, 2017, 5:19 AM EST
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Honking cars, blaring loudspeakers and a constant buzz of unsettling decibels – that’s typical of our urban societies, a condition that poses grave threat to public health and is likely to aggravate as influx in cities mounts year on year.

Scott Sommerfeldt, an engineer at Brigham Young University, warns that with thick cover of sound waves engulfing our surroundings, the society is vulnerable to hypertension, insomnia or sleep disturbances, hearing loss and other related conditions, writes Futurism.

Noise pollution is not only disturbing human population but also birds and marine animals that fail to attract mates in cacophony of sounds.