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Is it the noise?

Friday, November 09, 2012

I happen to be a member of an organization called the 'Audio Engineers' Society'. We are an international group of audio enthusiasts. Some are just musicians, some are electronic technicians, some are true egg head physics doctors. One of the topics that comes up frequently (play on words) is that noise creates a negative impact on people. It adversely effects our health. It creates stress. We are living in increasingly artificially noisy environments. If you take evolution even the slightest bit seriously, then you may already understand that in our none too distant past, our sonic environment only made bass frequencies during a stampede. That is a life or death situation. It elicits a fight or flight hormonal cascade. Cars, trucks, sirens, horns, the sardine effect of city living: all are noise sources emoticon . Basically, we haven't had enough life cycles to have eliminated the stress response to these sounds. I'm not so sure that we should, after all, if I hear a stampede coming, I want the adrenalin to get the hell out of the way.

Noise = Stress= Fight or flight= Adrenalin + Cortisol + Insulin + Testosterone= Fat Storing hormones + Male pattern fat storage + = Metabolic syndrome =Insulin resistance = PCOS + Diabetes (type two) = Exhaustion + Foggy thinking + Infertility + Great difficulty losing weight = Low self esteem + no motivation to even try to solve your own problems.

Thats not a very cheery equation. emoticon

Its a good thing that I can take action to lower my stress level: Yoga emoticon , meditation emoticon , epsom salt baths, petting your cat emoticon or dog emoticon , reading emoticon , and eating a diet high in vegetables emoticon can help one cope with stress. emoticon

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  • SMILES4383
    emoticon Classical music reduces stress, increases IQ in babies/children, and is just plain WONDERFUL to listen to emoticon

    Also, for me - it helps block out the ugly-kind-of-noise.

    Thanks for the post.
    1988 days ago
    I have a lot of stress is my life and need to do more remedy it. Your suggestions are really good ones.
    1990 days ago
    Noise does affect us. Our primal brain used it for survival.
    1990 days ago
    Your blog brought me an understanding about myself, I didn't really think about.

    I'm one that hates a lot of noise, yet I live in the city. I hate it here. I mean, really emoticon . When I bought this place, it was supposed to be temporary...well, I've been here 8 years now. Thank you wonderful economy.

    I always just try to take a deep breath. Most times I can drown out the noise...sometimes tho....

    One thing I've done for myself, which took a little work on my husband, was get rid of cable. I swear, that was the best thing we ever did. We still watch TV, we just stream everything off the computer. Any news we want, we go in search of.

    We've even started streaming our music in the car. The election crap was out of this world annoying, especially for someone who did the research and educated myself on the issues (I totally feel like I wasted my time now) and the adds were filled with so much negativity and annoyance.

    I've noticed streaming my music in the car has helped ease the tension on the drive to work. It can't get any greater than that.

    I also enjoy my dogs and the horses. There is nothing more greater than the tranquility they give me....

    Sorry, didn't mean to ramble....but I really appreciate what you rote...and I never really thought of the effects of noise. I just know I'm tired of all the noise that surrounds me. I never really understood why it bothered me, but now I have a new insight.

    I want to know how you fit in the epson salt bath....I've sometimes thought about doing a spa just to get away from life...but they want a lot of money for that.
    1990 days ago
    Thanks for posting this. Very interesting. I find certain types of noise very stressful and I thought it was just me!. Earlier today I turned the radio off because the presenter was arguing with a guest. I find it really upsetting. It churns my stomach up to hear people shouting and interrupting each other. Loud rock music makes me angry and agitated. I never thought about it as an evolutionary thing but of course I suppose we are designed to react to noises that, in the past, would have represented danger in some way.
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