Noise pollution in Chennai: Sound health or sound ill-health

Author(s): I.P.Dike

Noise is more than just pain in the ear; it is harmful to our health. The word “Environmental Pollution” usually triggers only thoughts of mostly air, water and land pollution, but not the most insidious yet the hazardous pollution known as ‘noise pollution’. Periodic noise level surveys inChennai City clearly indicate that they exceed the permissible limits recommended by the government and WHO yet little attention has been paid to noise pollution and its effects. Noise does not just affect hearing but other body functions too. This article tries to instigate research interest in this arena in order to trigger more action on noise pollution.

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