17 April 2019

April 24th is International Noise Awareness Day

Do you have a noisy job? Do you enjoy noisy leisure activities? Do you live in a noisy place? International Noise Awareness Day focuses on the noise that surrounds us.

April 24th 2019 is International Noise Awareness Day. On International Noise Awareness Day, people are encouraged to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live and play. Noise can harm our health in many ways and is one of the major causes of hearing loss.

International Noise Awareness Day is a global campaign to increase awareness of noise and how it affects our life and health.

Noise can cause hearing loss

There is a strong connection between excessive noise and hearing loss. Exposure to noise and high sound levels can result in a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus.

According to the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), activities to raise awareness of excessive noise, how it affects us and how to reduce noise pollution have been organised on this day in several countries all over the world, such as in the United States of America, Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain and Latvia. In recent years, related events have taken place in Australia and Asia, including Singapore.

Founded by the Center for Hearing and Communication

International Noise Awareness Day was founded in 1996 by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), in the US. The aim is to raise awareness of how noise affects the welfare and health of people.  The day is observed on the last Wednesday of April each year.

Find out more about International Noise Awareness Day here.

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