Noises are just as a part of life, and we need to adjust, right?
The screech of brakes, roar of motorcycles and beat of bass form the backdrop of our lives. While it may seem ubiquitous and harmless, noise pollution is harming children, teens and even unborn infants.What Is Noise Pollution?
Noise pollution, also known as sound pollution and environmental noise, is unwanted, excessive and harmful noise. It affects adults, infants and children as well as wildlife. Transportation, construction equipment, outdoor equipment such as leaf blowers and music all contribute to noise pollution. The growing population, city overcrowding and new technology and industrial equipment have resulted in major increases in the average level of noise we hear daily, even while we sleep.
Researchers have long known that noise is a factor in stress leading to burnout in health care sector. For critical care nurses, noise has been linked to emotional exhaustion. No, it’s not just the complainers who are impacted. The science shows that noise causes everyone in the group, not just those with heightened sensitivity, to experience heightened levels of burnout stress. Yet noise is a factor that you can, with proper attention, control.For Employee Health, Well-Being and Productivity ... Keep It Down
According to the EPA’s Office of Noise Abatement and Control, too much noise can lead to a wide range of mental symptoms. Different people respond to workplace clatter in different ways. Top responses? Anxiety. Emotional stress. Annoyance or even anger.
A Sound Transmission Class (STC) rating measures how much sound (in decibels) is stopped by a partition, such as a window or wall. It's a way to tell whether one type of partition is better than another without having to take someone's word for it. The higher the number, the better.Why Is an STC Rating Important?
An STC rating matters because it's not a subjective measurement. A specific method is used to calculate how much sound of various pitches passes through a partition. A brick wall will stop more sound than a paper wall – that's obvious. However, if you're unfamiliar with a certain type of material, such as the types of acrylic, it's less obvious. That's when STC ratings help.
You have options for noise reduction window inserts. Here's the top questions to ask to compare them.
1. What is the STC (Sound Transmission Class) rating of the noise reduction window inserts?
Most people are familiar with the word "pitch," as in the high-pitched sound of the keys on the far right of a piano or the low-pitched sound of the far left keys. Fewer people are familiar with the technical term "frequency," although both words are often used in the same discussion – particularly conversations about how to soundproof an apartment, home or office.
To our ears, pitch and frequency are the same thing. High-frequency waveforms result in high-pitched sound. The same goes for mid, low or mixed-range waveforms. An 18-wheeler produces low-frequency waveforms resulting in a low-pitched sound to our ears. Generally, traffic produces a range of pitches from sirens to Harleys and everything in between.
Customers sometimes ask how acrylic window inserts compare to soundproof glass window inserts. Acrylic sometimes seems comparable to glass. However, we've offered both in the past and now we've chosen to only offer soundproof glass because our customers are so much happier (and enjoying more quiet) with that option.Laminated Glass vs. Acrylic Window Inserts
From 2008 to 2011, we offered 1/4" and 3/8" thick acrylic window inserts for sound abatement. We decided to discontinue acrylic due to disappointed customers who had mid to low-frequency sound problems, i.e. trucks, motorcycles, big dogs, train rumble, A/C units, etc. Laminated glass inserts worked much better reducing noise in all frequencies.