Noise Pollution Has Serious Health Effects

According to Jamie L. Banks, PhD. and Executive Director of Quiet Communities, noise pollution has serious health effects:

  • Hearing loss

  • Tinnitus

  • Cardiovascular effects

  • Immune system suppression

  • Stress hormone release

  • Sleep disturbance

  • Reduced work and school productivity

  • Reduced quality life

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Noise interferes with communication, sleep, and work. The U.S. EPA says noise degrades quality of life by impairing communication and social interaction; reducing the accuracy of work, particularly complex tasks; and creating stressful levels of frustration and aggravation that last even when the noise has ceased.

More info at



  • California Public Utilities Commission / Environmental Information on Noise

  • Noise Pollution Clearinghouse

  • American Speech-language Hearing Association

  • HealthLink BC