27 April 2020

April 29th is International Noise Awareness Day

We live in a noisy world. On International Noise Awareness Day, we should all focus on the noise that surrounds us. Noise is a major cause of hearing loss.

Are you exposed to noise? You may live in a noisy place. You might have a noisy job or you may enjoy noisy leisure activities. Did you know that noise can harm your hearing?

April 29th 2020 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 noise 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.

Hearing loss and tinnitus

There is a strong connection between excessive noise and hearing loss and noise is one of the major causes of hearing loss and tinnitus. Exposure to noise and high sound levels can result in a noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus. Noise can also cause stress and other diseases and conditions.

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