PSYCHOLOGY – Acoustic, but also bodily and attentional, permanent noise harms our health and our well-being.
While they have allowed us to enjoy a certain return to calm (more than 90% reduction in noise levels in certain large cities), confinements have also made us more intolerant to noise: 57% of French people consider themselves more sensitive to noise. the quality of the noise environment than before the health crisis, according to a survey by the Noise Information Center. Among the most annoying noises: road traffic (for 49% of respondents), neighborhood noise (36%) or even construction sites (8%).
Harmful for our cardiovascular and immune systems, noise kills: 12,000 premature deaths are attributed each year to long-term exposure to ambient noise and it would contribute to the appearance of 48,000 new cases of ischemic heart disease per year in Europe, according to a report published in September 2020 by the European Environment Agency. A large study published in the Lancet in 2005, carried out with 2,000 children in 90 schools near three international airports
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