|Re: overnight shift and noise||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 10:41:44 -0700 (PDT)|
> On Oct 30, 2021, at 1:02 PM, BETSY ALGIRE <betsy1945 [at] comcast.net> wrote: > > Before I retired, I worked the night shift at a local hospital. I had a sound > machine in my bedroom that blocked out any noise including a lawn mower right > outside my window. To me, it was unrealistic to expect life to come to a halt > just because I needed to sleep. Earplugs also can be a help if the sound > machine doesn't do the trick. Sleeping is not the only reason to keep your noise to yourself and respect other people’s privacy. It's important for everyone to understand that noise pollution affects not only emotional health but physical health. It affects children’s ability to learn to be attentive. As with freedom of speech, the freedom to make noise stops at the freedom not to hear it. There is a lot of literature now on the effects of loud and constant noise. It used to be hard to play music for hours — it took a lot of breath and physical dexterity — it was physical work. Now it only takes electricity. And everything is mechanized — remember how people used to cut down trees and sweep up leaves. All the press about people being allowed to purchase hearing aids over the counter without a doctor’s prescription is not just heralding new technologies. It is about the huge number of people who are becoming hearing impaired at earlier and earlier ages. It’s a huge business. And not just because of the baby boomer bubble. It’s because the market has expanded well beyond the age of 70. It’s a great puzzle for cohousing to figure out how sound is amplified by walls and floors and how to contain it so everyone can relax. Sound protection is for the sake of physical health and sanity. Everyone forgets from time to time, but when someone is screaming on the green, they quiet down when reminded. Even if no one is asleep or it’s not after 10:00. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC http://www.takomavillage.org
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