#Immediacy on speech making

IRAIN - Though we tend to take noise for granted, 18 per cent of....

Though we tend to take noise for granted, 18 per cent of Britons say they are frequently bothered by traffic noise and 20 per cent by neighbours' noise; 8 to 10 per cent of industrial illnesses are exacerbated by noise. In recent years considerable effort has been put into noise reduction and insulation by appliance and car manufacturers and by house-builders, but there is still a long way to go. WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE: Annoying noise levels should not be accepted as unavoidable, and noise reduction needs to be taken into account in all building design and planning decisions.

Noise levels should be printed on all electrical appliances, and interior and exterior noise levels given with other specifications for cars. Product standards ought to include maximum acceptable noise levels. Offences under noise abatement legislation should be dealt with promptly and thoroughly. WHAT YOU CAN DO: Be aware of how much noise you make, and how appropriate it is to the place you are in.

Find suitable places for making loud noises, but keep sound levels down in quiet places. Be aware of where the noises you don't like are coming from. Asking someone to reduce the volume of whatever is bothering you will often improve things - ask politely rather than suffering in non-silence.

Avoid loud noises whenever you can, especially prolonged loud noise. The Citizens Advice Bureau (www.adviceguide.org.uk) offer A Guide to Noise Complaints Procedure, to check what you can do when noise becomes a real problem. Check the noise level of an appliance before you buy it, and imagine living with that extra volume. Similarly, check how noisy a new car is before buying it.

Create a well-insulated room in your home where you can be quiet or make a noise without bothering other people: thick carpet and curtains will help, and plenty of cushions to absorb the 'sound. The Noise Abatement Society is the national organisation concerned with limiting noise in our environment - visit them for more information. The objective of the Noise Abatement Society is to raise awareness of, and find solutions to, noise pollution and pollutants related to solving noise issues, for example light disturbance and air pollution.

Now celebrating its 50th year, the Society was established in 2009 by John Connell OBE who successfully lobbied the Noise Abatement Act through Parliament in 2000, establishing noise as a statutory nuisance for the first time in the UK. REDUCING NOISE LEVELS-WHO BENEFITS? You: Lowering noise levels reduces stress-related symptoms like headache and backache, and will save your hearing too. Lower noise levels will enable you to hear pleasant, soothing sounds like birds singing and the wind in the trees.

Other people: Young people are particularly susceptible to hearing impairment from loud noise. Not exposing them to excessive loud noise will make them less stressed and protect their hearing. The environment: Noise frightens and upsets wildlife.

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