Researchers now realize that urban noise has a detrimental effect on the human body and psyche, Futurism reported.
High noise levels exacerbate high blood pressure, disturb sleep, damage hearing quality, and induce stress, which negatively impacts the immune system and the heart.
The U.S. first acknowledged noise as a problem with the passing of the Noise Pollution and Abatement Act of 1972 but there’s still a long way to go.
Urban and suburban noise also affect birds and marine mammals which rely on vocalizations to communicate and raise families. Bats’ echolocation is blurred by noise and oysters clam up in noisy environments, eating less and reducing their endless filtering of coastal waters.