Keep it quiet! Banging and banging from noisy neighbors is scientifically proven to be more annoying than any other noise pollution – and can even cause heart disease
- Researchers investigated how different neighborhood noises affect residents
- They found that ‘shock noises’, such as stamping feet, are perceived as the most annoying
- Urban sounds can keep people awake and lack of sleep has been linked to heart disease
- It is thought that the problem will get worse as urban areas become more densely populated
There’s a special kind of irritation reserved for when the flat upstairs decides that 2 a.m. is a good time to start a bouncy home workout.
Scientists have even found that noise from your neighbors is more irritating than any other audible nuisance.
That’s because they’re generally short-lived “impact noises,” such as feet stomping and falling objects, and their spontaneity makes them more irritating.
The National Research Council of Canada researchers also claim that these types of noises can affect sleep and lead to heart disease.
Scientists have found that noise from your neighbors is more annoying than any other audible nuisance (stock image)
For their study, researchers in Canada, Korea and Germany created a living room-like situation and recorded the sound of falling objects and people walking. Study participants were then exposed to the sounds using speakers, headphones, and virtual reality headsets, and their level of irritation reported
The government department conducted experiments to investigate the effect of different types of urban noise nuisance on building occupants.
With the increased population density of urban areas in recent decades and the rise of home working in the early 2020s, it is believed that the problem will only get worse in the future if no action is taken.
According to Churchill Home Insurance, 450,000 noise complaints were made to councils across Britain in the last financial year, which equates to one every 70 seconds.
This is 10 percent more than before the 2019 to 2020 pandemic — an increase of nearly 70,000 complaints in two years.
According to Churchill Home Insurance, 450,000 noise complaints were made to councils across Britain in the last financial year, which equates to one every 70 seconds (stock image)
Living in the city increases the risk of heart failure by 43 percent due to pollution
Living in a bustling city for just three years may increase your risk of heart failure, a study suggests.
Toxic air is strongly associated with dementia, obesity, infertility and a host of other medical problems.
Danish researchers followed 22,000 women who lived in both urban and rural areas for almost two decades.
They found that women exposed to high levels of particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and loud noises were 43 percent more likely to develop heart failure.
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For their study, researchers in Canada, Korea and Germany created a living room-like situation and recorded the sound of falling objects and people walking.
Study participants were then exposed to the sounds using speakers, headphones, and virtual reality headsets, and their level of irritation reported.
In their results, presented today at the Meeting of the Acoustical Society of Americait was revealed that participants found impact sounds more annoying than continuous sounds, such as music or speech.
Markus Mueller-Trapet, from the research group, said: ‘Prolonged exposure to such unwanted sounds could potentially lead to cardiovascular problems and sleep disturbances.’
Despite this, the researchers found that the thumping sound of people walking barefoot is not included in the engineering requirements for building construction.
They hope their results can inform architects and building developers and help them create more livable urban environments.
In addition, they support the introduction of a structure-borne sound requirement in the National Building Code of Canada.
An online listening test has been set up to add more evidence to their investigations, running from November 21 this year to March 31, 2023.
Moth wing texture can be used to create noise-reducing wallpaper
Go ahead and order that drum kit, because noise-cancelling wallpaper might not be that far off.
Scientists have found that when they mount small parts of moth wings on a hard surface, they can absorb up to 87 percent of incoming sound waves.
The University of Bristol research team initially found that the unique scales on moth wings absorb echolocation calls used by bats.
The sounds they absorb are all at a frequency too high for humans to hear, so more work is needed to lower the range of absorption that can be used practically.
But in the future, we may be able to replicate this noise-reducing wing texture on the outside of buildings to absorb traffic noise or reduce the weight of aircraft.
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A close-up view of a moth’s wing with a shell on the surface. These absorb echolocation calls used by bats to find prey, effectively hiding them from their predator