Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Dealing with Noise Pollution in Your Neighborhood

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA Noise

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA

Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) in 1988 from Stetson University, Florida Hearing Aid Dispensing License in 1990 and National Board Certification from the National Board for Certification in Hearing Instrument Sciences (BC-HIS) in 1992. Presently, Leanne E. Polhill is Chairperson of the Florida Department of Health’s Board of Hearing Aid Specialists, where she has served since her initial gubernatorial appointment in 2004.
Leanne E. Polhill, LHAS, BC-HIS, BA

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Noise pollution is a terrible thing to have to deal with, and in some cases, it can be more than just an annoyance. Hearing loss can occur from exposure to out-door noise pollution over long periods of time, making it just as dangerous as other forms of noise pollution. Let’s take a look at how you can help deal with the noise pollution in your neighborhood, and avoid hearing issues that might arise from long-term exposure to it.

  1. Keep Noisy Activities on the Same Day

Mowing the grass, loud out door parties, and other activities are forms of noise pollution even if they’re a part of everyday life. The real problem arises when different homes engage in different noisy activities on different days. This can lead to a constant stream of noise pollution that you can’t escape from.

One of the best ways to counter this is to speak with the people on your neighborhood and talk about coming up with a plan to have certain activities on certain days. For example, you could suggest that everyone mow their grass only on the weekends and at certain times of the day. This would ensure that you won’t have to hear the sound of lawn mowers during weekdays. You could make similar suggestions for other activities such as parties and outdoor barbecues as well.

Make sure that you remember to be polite, humble, and respectful when approaching your neighbors about this. It also helps if you aren’t alone. If you’re the only person backing this idea, you’ll likely have a harder time getting others on board with it. This might make it a good idea to speak with a few trusted neighbors, and get them on your side before talking with the rest.

Also, when negotiating with your neighbors, remember to emphasize the benefits of scheduling these activities for certain days of the week. If you appear selfish, your neighbors will be less likely to want to do their part. Instead, try and get across the idea that limiting noise pollution helps them and their family as well.

  1. Use Hearing Protection

Sometimes you simply can’t control the amount of noise pollution you’re subjected too. In cases such as these, there’s little more that you can do than to utilize hearing protection. The most common form of hearing protection are the rubber/foam ear plugs that you can purchase at many stores or online. These are used in factories to help protect the hearing of the workers. The great thing about them is that you can still typically hear other people’s voices while wearing them, but the noise pollution will sound much quieter.

If ear plugs aren’t getting the job done, you may want to upgrade to something more heavy duty such as a pair of noise reduction earmuffs, like the ones they use at shooting ranges. These are much bulkier, and harder to hear out of, but do a better job of protecting your ears from extreme forms of noise pollution. If the noise pollution in your neighborhood is bad enough that you’re being forced to wear these on a regular basis, you honestly might want to consider moving.

  1. Call the Police

This is a last resort, and you should never call the police unless you have a good reason to do so. However, if you have neighbors that are being so loud that they’re causing a public disturbance, and you’ve already tried talking to them and they won’t listen, then calling the police may be the only solution left.

Just remember that calling the police doesn’t necessarily mean that they are on your side. A good police officer will assess the situation, and make a judgement call on how handle it. This means that if you’re in the wrong, you may just be the one on the receiving end of legal action.

This being the case, make triple sure before calling the police that you haven’t done or said anything to your neighbors that could be used against you, and be prepared to answer any questions the police may have about the situation truthfully. Also, don’t use an emergency line like 911 when calling them, as you could be taking time away from someone who’s in a life or death situation, just use their regular number instead.

Protect Your Hearing at All Times

Protecting your hearing is important, and many people underestimate the effects of long-term exposure to noise pollution in their neighborhood. Remember, you don’t have to just sit quietly and endure it, take action, and reduce the noise pollution in your neighborhood today.