10 March 2011

How to Stop Excessive Neighbourhood Noise

If noise disturbs your sleep, prevents you from relaxing, breaks your concentration while studying, ruins the ambience of a lovely meal, interrupts your enjoyment of a beautiful piece of music, diminishes your performance during a test, or destroys your pleasure when experiencing an otherwise pleasant place, you are not alone in feeling as you do.

What may be considered as an excessive noise by one person may not be considered as such by someone else.  Subjective experiences of sound are matters of cultural preference, but noise - unwanted sound - is a health issue.

You may be one of the many people who finds noise-related distress is treated with unconcerned annoyance, or even hostility, by those responsible for its source.  You may have found official authorities to be less than enthusiastic when you ask them to act on your behalf, and perhaps they even avoid dealing with your complaints.

Governments frequently ignore health issues until those issues are shown to cost money to resolve.  Usually, the economic impact of the problem spurs change, rather than the problem itself.  Human health needs are sometimes even given a lower status than sentimental desires.

When trying to stop excessive noise in your neighbourhood, what have you done in the past, and did it resolve the issue?   Did you identify and note the harm it causes?  Did you estimate the economic impact?  And did you pass the information on to your political representatives for their consideration - and action?

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