As a child I remember a few times that noise had an impact on my life. The first time was when I was in elementary school and we lived next to a dance hall. So many nights I would hear music playing all night long and it would interfere with my sleep. The next day at school, after the dance hall had a band playing, I would always be tired and would not be able to concentrate well at school. When I was in High school we moved to a house that was right next to a railroad track, and guess what? Every night I would be kept awake or waken up by trains. Once again my life was taken over by sleepless nights, and tired school days. I am just glad that over time I could grow used to the trains and they stopped interfering with my sleep.
I feel that I have always been a bit sensitive to noise. Maybe this is one reason that I do not watch TV, or even listen to the radio much. While I do enjoy movies and music, I just do not enjoy having background noise all the time. A few years ago I had my hearing tested, and it showed that I do have hearing loss, maybe that is why noise bothers me, or maybe it is the memories of so many sleepless nights.
I think that noise pollution is something that many of us do not consider as much as other forms of pollution, but the costs are high, especially for children who are trying to focus as school. For India, it is a major concern.
Loud speakers and firecrackers seem to have become a norm for those living in India. Many celebrations include fireworks, and increased populations are not helping the matter. Noise pollution can have serious repercussions. For children or adults are exposed to noise pollution some of the outcomes can be hearing loss, more stress, insomnia, heart issues, and high blood pressure.
Thankfully WHO (World Health Organization), has taken steps to help reduce the amount of noise that any one person should be exposed to. India has taken many steps towards reducing the amount of noise children and adults are exposed to. These regulation include restricted use of loud speakers, horns, and fire crackers.
When we think about the effects that noise pollution have on children, just think of the outcomes that it can have for adults. Their cognitive abilities will be effected due to lack of sleep, or even hearing loss, or ability to concentrate. They may become more anxious children who have more stress, and ultimately could also have heath issues.
Want to learn more?
Here is some information from WHO: http://www.who.int/ceh/capacity/noise.pdf
Information on Noise pollution in India: http://www.indiaonline.in/about/Profile/Geography/EnvironmentalConcerns/Noise-Pollution.html
A very fun and interesting post from Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/changepower/201309/what-did-you-say-how-noise-pollution-is-harming-you