Noise and Your Health

It’s long been known that noise pollution can be detrimental to your health.  There are many studies that delve into the ways in which noise raises stress levels, causes emotional and mental strain, hypertension, and of course, hearing loss.  Recently, environmental scientists have even been tracking the effects of noise on animals, finding that humans aren’t the only beings negatively affected.  From bird migration patterns to whale communication, studies of noise effects on the animal kingdom have been illuminating.

Hearing loss caused by noise is, in itself, an obvious problem.  However, there’s even more to the story.  A recent article in the New York Times, interviewing an expert on the subject who happens to suffer from hearing loss, suggests there may be a connection between hearing loss and dementia.  The article, which states that an “astonishing” number of Americans live with hearing loss (approximately 48 million), describes three factors researchers have found that supports their hypothesis, and goes on to say that “By far the majority of this kind of hearing loss can be avoided. It’s all noise-related hearing loss.”

In our line of work at Kellett, we know all about the negative effects of noise and vibration.  For instance, did you know that anything above 80 decibels is considered dangerous, and this can come in the form of noises as seemingly benign  as vacuum cleaners and garbage trucks?  If these are dangerous, imagine the danger level for industrial equipment and large HVAC units.  Our engineers are constantly involved in research and conversations on this topic, and developing products that address this, both directly and indirectly.  For instance, we offer full pads that go underneath rooftop HVAC units that not only control and isolate the vibrations, but the noise associated with the units, creating quieter environments for those living, working, and sleeping underneath.

Noise and vibration control are, after all, about more than just peace and quiet—they’re about healthy living.

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