Evidence of Noise Addiction

The results of a recent Zogby America survey suggest that addiction to noise is not only possible, but fairly common. Participants were asked how likely they would be to agree to go one week without music for $1,000. While overall 69.8% would gladly trade a week without music for $1,000, another 29.4% believed the sacrifice was too much.

Among specific subgroups however, the pain of life without music, even for one week, becomes increasingly too much to bear. For almost half of respondents aged 18-24 years- old, going without music for one week, even for $1,000, was still unthinkable. Even 31.8% of those aged 55-69 said no to going without music for so long.

-Yahoo News, April 20, 2000

World Health Organization and Low Frequency Noise

The World Health Organization has released new "Guidelines for Community Noise" which, as never before, address the problem of low frequency noise (bass tones). Excerpts from the document include:

The majority of measurement-based noise ordinances still employ the dBA scale, which accentuates the higher frequencies. This greatly pleases the perpetrators of torments like the thumping bass of stereo equipment or the earthquake-like rumble of vehicles with modified exhaust systems. The new WHO guidelines are a step in the right direction. Perhaps the future does promise recourse for the often patronized and marginalized sufferers of such noise.

Some non-auditory effects of noise are: Cardiovascular constriction, elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, more laboured breathing, measurable changes in skin resistance and skeletal muscle tension, digestive system changes, glandular activity altering the chemical content of blood and urine, vestibular effect, balance sense effect, changes in brain chemistry and more....

-Dr. Luther Terry - Former US Surgeon General

Noise-Related Stabbing

A woman sustained multiple stab wounds after an argument over noise coming from a house at Bathurst in central western New South Wales, Australia.

Police say the 44-year-old woman went to a house to request that the noise level be turned down. She got into an argument with a 26-year-old woman, who police allege got a knife and repeatedly stabbed the 44-year-old in the chest and arms. The injured woman was in stable condition in hospital at the time of this report. The 26-year-old woman has been charged with attempted murder.

-www.abc.net.au, November 6, 2000

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