Noise pollution may lead to dementia

Noisy city

Research suggests that the noise pollution caused by living in close proximity to a busy city road can affect one’s hearing and could possibly lead to dementia. Now, before people go running for the suburbs or beyond, the study says “close proximity” is 50 meters, or 164 feet. So while the situation in one’s home or apartment may be dire, there are some simple steps to follow if you are concerned about the level of noise pollution around them.

One of the easiest ways to deal with noise pollution is soundproofing the space. The soundproofing process can be as easy as keeping an outside door closed or putting rugs or curtains in places where noise might be coming from. Putting furniture on shared walls is also a good way for those living in townhomes or apartments to reduce noise from their neighbors.

If soundproofing isn’t enough, other option include white noise machines, meditation to train your brain to block background noise out, or earplugs that can be worn both during the day and at night, depending on the level of noise pollution. If all else fails, one might just have to move to quieter neighborhood.

Moving is obviously the last option to consider, but as populations are moving closer to city centers, people might want to consider their hearing as a factor when choosing where to live.

If you feel you are suffering from any hearing loss, don’t hesitate to call Hearing Revolution at (877) 426-0687 or visit hearingrevolution.com.

Michal Varga