Noise can be a great source of stress for people of all ages, and more so for the elderly and those who have a low tolerance to noise due to physiological or psychological reasons. In general, however, noise at a certain level provides an unhealthful environmental for normal and healthful living. The extreme conditions that drive people beyond the limits of sanity is a common situation: a neighbor who, after ten years, finally breaks down and kills a neighbor who cannot bring down his music volume. In many cases, just the humdrum of the vehicles in a city over a long period can cause some people to develop hypertension or insomnia and the corresponding more serious illnesses that develop from either condition.
In the workplace, conditions are maintained to provide a desirable occupational atmosphere. In offices, noise cannot be allowed to go beyond a low decibel allowable for quiet thinking and conversation. In factories, the noise of equipment and other noise sources (outdoor traffic, ambient noise from commercial establishments, etc.) should be regulated through the use of noise-reduction techniques: double-walled partitions, ear plugs, curtains, etc.
In our modern scientific era, it is no longer enough to depend on arbitrary means to determine what is healthful and what unhealthful noise-level is. Neither can people merely tolerate noise levels beyond the normal threshold. Technology allows us to measure and control noise levels in order to ascertain that the health of workers and other people concerned is safeguarded and maintained. For those who may not be aware, there are professional consultants, such as MWI Consultants, that provide exactly this kind of service.
Noise level determination will no longer be done through guesswork or merely using arbitrary standards which will vary according to environment or people. Environmental standards set by public ordinances or regulations provide a benchmark (the “no-complaint” zone) upon which anyone can set comfortable levels of ambient noise in any situation.