Health and Beauty

Listen up!

June 28, 2014

What’s that noise? It’s a health threat, that’s what! Kate Whiting finds out more... We live in an age of near-constant background noise. Think about it - when was the last time you couldn’t hear a single thing? I mean total silence. Not even the hum from the fridge. Hard to remember isn’t it? We are so used to our ears being assaulted, by everything from yappy dogs to screeching fire engines, that we often don’t consciously register them. But, added together, these sounds could have a life-threatening impact on our health. Recent studies have shown direct links between high levels of noise pollution and conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure, low birth weight in babies, insomnia and bigger waistlines. So what are the main culprits?