Exposure to persistent noise - whether hazardous or not - can negatively impact your health
Exposure to persistent noise can occur at the workplace or out of the workplace.
Long-term exposure to noise can cause a person to experience many physical symptoms – whether the noise is hazardous enough to cause noise induced hearing loss (NIHL) or not. These physical symptoms can include:
- increased blood pressure and heart rate
- nervousness and irritability
- reduced concentration
- hypersensitivity to noise
- changes to hormone and cholesterol levels
- increased stomach acid content
People may also experience psychosocial symptoms, such as isolation, depression, fatigue, etc
In addition to these symptoms, many people also develop and suffer from tinnitus, which is a constant ringing sensation in the ear. As a result, many tinnitus sufferers may experience all of the above physical symptoms on a permanent basis.