Sound is what we hear. Noise is unwanted sound. The difference between sound and noise depends upon the listener and the circumstances. Rock music can be pleasurable sound to one person and an annoying noise to another. In either case, it can be hazardous to a person’s hearing if the sound is loud and if he or she is exposed long and often enough.

Noise Activity: Educational and Outreach Opportunity

Our community partners at CLUES have come up with a great activity that is useful for educating, engaging, and creating awareness about noise pollution. Their noise activity allows participants to engage in different tasks while listening to different types of sounds and noises. Through this interactive demonstration, participants are able to learn more about effects […]

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Why noise is bad for your health — and what you can do about it

Silence is a rare commodity these days. There’s traffic, construction, air-conditioning, your neighbor’s lawnmower … and all this unwanted sound can have a surprising impact on your health, says noise researcher Mathias Basner. Discover the science behind how noise affects your health and sleep — and how you can get more of the benefits of […]