There have been many social and technological changes over the last few decades which have resulted in some rather loud problems. Although there are numerous positives that have come from this change (some examples being games consoles, 3D TV’s and surround sound) the issue is that the positive effects are easy to adapt to where as many people fail to adapt to the negative issues. The main issue we are talking about is of course noise pollution. Remember, many of these technological changes have come from products that produce sound, things that we have not always had and therefore we may be unaware of their negative consequences.
The best example of a sound producing technological change is found in home entertainment systems; although they provide us with excellent sound quality and enjoyable film watching experiences, many people fail to realise just how loud they are. If you live in a semi-detached, row house or terraced house then remember you are in a room next to other rooms; what is the effect of the 5 surround sound speakers you have mounted on your wall? Or the explosions coming from your games console! These issues are amplified further when you take into account more people who don’t work the normal 9-5. With more of us doing shift work, even if you have your speakers turned down in the evening, you could be disturbing people’s sleep during the day!
Of course there is a solution to all of these problems; many people are turning to soundproofing a room to combat noise and to stop disrupting their neighbours. There are many types of sound insulation products that can help you achieve a quieter life, from wall and floor insulating product to specially designed sound barriers, sound reduction is available and accessible to us all! It is a product that we will one day see as vital as heating, windows and carpets; after all, is there anything better than a quiet night’s sleep?