The Harm of Low Frequency Noise
Noise is considered as one of the most dangerous forms of pollution. When we talk about noise, we think about loud traffic horns, loud bangs and loud sounds.
However noise isn’t always loud. Sometimes low frequency noise can also cause a lot of harm.
What most people don’t realize is that the sound waves are heard differently by different people and different species.
For human beings, low frequency range is 20Hz to 200Hz. Low frequency noise can affect people from all age groups and all walks of life.
Let’s take a look at some harmful effects of low frequency noise.
Lowers Concentration Level
Low frequency noise is known to lower concentration level. So whether you are a student or a professional, a low frequency noise in your surroundings is going to affect your productivity and may cause hurdles in your work.
Feeling of Irritation
There are many people who have said that low frequency noise causes a feeling of irritation. If your sensory organs are sensitive to low frequency noise then it can cause irritation and distress. Unfortunately this is not uncommon, it is more common that you can think. A large percentage of people all over the world are sensitive to low frequency noise.
If you are someone who is continuously suffering from headaches then the first thing that may come to your mind might be that it is caused by lack of sleep, or the food your eat, or other common reasons. What most people don’t realize is that low frequency noise can also cause headaches. You may not even care about these noises but subconsciously these noises can cause you headaches and make you feel irritated.
Low frequency noise puts a lot of pressure on the eardrum which can not only cause pain and irritation in the ear but can also be a major source of headache.
All of us experience low frequency noise every day in our lives. Sometimes low frequency noise can cause irritation to everyone even if you aren’t sensitive to it. People usually face irritation when it’s their sleep time. Low frequency noise may not effect someone all day however when it’s time to sleep, even a low frequency noise can cause disturbance and may deprive you of a good night’s sleep.
Digestive disorders are usually caused by the food you eat however that is not the only cause of digestive disorders. Studies have shown that your mental health and sensitivity can also cause digestive disorders. This is why many people who are notified on a bad news usually feel like their stomach is disturbed.
Low frequency noise can also cause digestive problems. You may not even consider low frequency noise as a viable cause for your digestive issues and that is what makes it even more dangerous. In order to understand and treat such digestive disorders, you need to understand that your body is sensitive to low frequency noise so you should try and stay away from places where you experience low frequency noise.
Rising Blood Pressure and Heart Beat Faster
There are multiple studies on the impact of noise on blood pressure and heart rate. Some studies suggest that noise has no impact on heart rate however there are other more accepted studies that talk about the negative effects noise can have on your heart rate and blood pressure. These studies suggest that noise can make your heart beat faster thus increasing your blood pressure and causing other cardiovascular issues.
Low frequency noise can also increase the risk of other heart related conditions like coronary heart disease, hypertension, stroke, heart failure, myocardial infarction and other similar conditions.
Harm to Pregnant Women and Fetuses
As mentioned earlier, low frequency noise can effect both adults and children. However the group most effected by low frequency noise is pregnant women. Low frequency noise effects both pregnant women and their unborn children especially if the pregnancy is still at an early stage. It can cause vomiting and make them feel nauseated. Low frequency noise can not only effect the pregnant mother but also the fetus. Exposure to low frequency noise can create hurdles in the development of the fetus. Studies have shown that the weight of the babies born to mothers who lived near airports were relatively lighter than the babies born to mother who lived in other areas. In addition to slowing the development of babies, low frequency noise also effects the immune system of the baby which can be the reason for many other medical conditions. It may also affect your child’s hearing ability.
This is why pregnant women should in all cases avoid prolonged exposure to low frequency noise. Audio devices should not be placed near or on the pregnant woman’s abdomen.
Low frequency noise may not sound that dangerous but they can actually cause a lot of issues for you and the people around you. So no matter your age or gender, try to avoid prolonged exposure to low frequency noise as it can create a lot of problems for you in the long run. The inability to realize the dangers of low frequency noise can make things worse. People who are not sensitive to low frequency noise may not care about it that much but it can still be dangerous for them.