Our ears are sensitive and a build up in loud noises can cause us short and long term damage. Noise pollution can cause us even more health problems in that it can increase our stress levels, having long term effects on our blood pressure and heart. We can complain to our local councils about noisy neighbours and industrial noise pollution.
If you are being constantly disturbed by road traffic and railways you can apply for a grant to help with the costs of acoustic insulation. For non-compliance with noise laws, individuals can be fined up to £5000 whilst businesses such as factories and night clubs can be fined up to £20,000. Whilst it would be thought that these penalties should deter noisy neighbours and noise pollution from outside, our homes are still invaded with unnecessary sounds from the streets and nearby properties. This I am afraid, is an unavoidable reality unless you live miles away from anyone and anything.
Fitting acoustic foam to your walls and ceilings can prevent excess sound from entering your rooms by absorbing and deadening sound, preventing it from reverberating back off the wall and echoing around the room. The foam usually comes in sheets or tiles of varying size and thickness, with some companies providing custom sized acoustic foam.
The material has jagged edges and an uneven surface area which absorbs sounds impacting onto it. The foam allows sound waves to enter it and then the sound is converted into heat through a series of interconnected open cells. The flame retardant material prevents the risk of fire from the build up of heat.
Whilst this may sound like an unattractive solution to your sound problems, acoustic foam is available in a number of colours and with fabric coverings to suit your home.
If you are the noisy neighbour because you play a musical instrument or play music loudly, you can use acoustic foam to stop noise from escaping your house and annoying your neighbours. As has been explained,