Welcome to Nigeria, a country where noise is a part of our existence, where commotion is essential for our reality. It has become a friend and fairly nothing to stress over. Nigeria and noise is like 5 and 6. We have noise rooted into our system that we fail to understand the harm and impact it has on us.
Walking the streets of Nigeria is noise, with each household powering their generators both day and night because of the failed electricity distribution. The business areas are the worst or with churches using the best amplifiers to blast the sounds out. In a street, it is common to find more than five (5) churches, emitting high pitched sounds to the detriments of occupants in that neighbourhood.
Have you tried the bus park? Agberos and co.
The worst of it all is the market. Not only does buying and selling takes place, but also shouting and fighting. Papa C is trying to sell his rat poison using a megaphone, Mrs. A is a devoted Christian trying to win souls to Christ and she preaches in the same market also with her megaphone. What about Dj P, the guy is struggling to sell his mixed tapes and he provides his potential buyers the leisure of listening to the tracks on his speaker as he markets his product.
We are caught up with the illusion that only atmospheric elements are pollutants. Air contamination isn’t the only kind that is hurting the planet. According to the World Health Organization, noise is quite possibly the most risky natural dangers to human wellbeing. A lot of deaths around the world are attributed to noise.
What is Noise Pollution?
Britannica defines Noise pollution as “unwanted or excessive sound that can have deleterious effects on human health, wildlife, and environmental quality”.
HOW IT WORKS
Sounds are detected by the sense of hearing, the ear. The typical human ear can recognize sounds that range between 0 dB (hearing edge) and around 140 dB, with sounds somewhere in the range of 120dB and 140 dB causing (torment edge). To be exact, the sound turns into noise and becomes hurtful when it surpasses 75 decibels (dB) and is difficult over 120 dB. The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels abbreviated as dB.
Noise in excess is not just annoying, but at specific levels and lengths, it can cause actual harm to the eardrum and the delicate hair cells of the internal ear and result in transitory or lasting hearing damage and possibly loss. Notwithstanding, noise pollution can raise circulatory strain and heartbeat rates, cause fractiousness, nervousness, and mental weakness, and meddle with rest, entertainment, and individual correspondence. Youngsters living in territories with undeniable degrees of commotion contamination may experience the ill effects of pressure and different issues which often leads to weakness in memory and capacity to focus.
Causes of Noise Pollution include; Sounds from cars most especially the horns. A typical example is being caught up in a gridlock. Trust me the drivers will blast your ear with their horns. Airplane also produces loud sounds that are harmful. Another major pollutant is materials and machines used for constructions and drillings.
Against popular opinion, dogs also cause noise pollution with the sound of their bark which is a little higher than normal dB.
Aside human beings, animals who depend on sound for communication and even mating are impaired due to the pollution.
The best we can do to tackle this issue is to be self-aware. Many people are oblivious to the fact that excessive high sound is a pollutant and can kill. The sooner they are educated, the earlier we can manage it.