Visit an optometrist to restore your 20/20 vision with glasses or contacts. However, if your hearing is damaged, even the most technologically advanced solutions will not restore perfect hearing if your inner ears have incurred damage from age, noise exposure, or medications.
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How loud is too loud? A jackhammer outside your window at 8 o’clock in the morning is too loud, especially if you’re a shift worker trying to go to sleep. Someone unwrapping a piece of candy eight rows behind you at the movies? Also too loud.
There is nothing quite as irritating as a noisy HVAC unit when you simply want to get to work on a site or relax in your office space or home. All HVAC systems are bound to make some noise, given that they are shunting air throughout a building, and normal noise levels are generally well worth tolerating for the comfort your HVAC provides.
Workplace safety regulation comprises the mitigation a large range of hazards, none less than environmental noise (or "occupational noise").
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Echo Barrier prides itself on not only providing the capability of up to a 43 dB reduction of noise, but also of designing and manufacturing strong products that withstand the demands of harsh work environments, and protect workers and the public from a number of these dangers.
Choosing the right material for a noise barrier is harder than it may seem. There are a number of considerations beyond "does it eliminate noise?" that may not be obvious. For example, some materials absorb sound while some simply reflect it, often worsening the issue. Some materials are easy to work with while some require careful craftsmanship to use effectively.Read more →
When looking to find a new apartment, house, or even city to live in, noise is something pretty high up on most people’s priority lists for consideration. Do the neighbors like to party? Is there a lot of urban development and construction in the area? Is there a dumpster right under my window that a garbage truck will come and empty twice a week at 7 am?
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We all know what it's like to be subjected to high levels of noise, whether it's having been in a congested city center, at a rock show, a construction site, a sporting event, or in a night club, and we all know of the dangers of prolonged exposure. But what happens when things get a little...too quiet?
Silica, also known as quartz, is a naturally occurring mineral. You can find it in all sorts of construction materials, and it is also occasionally used in household products. Microscopic, crystalline particles of quartz called silica dust have been shown to increase your risk of cancer.
That something so small can do so much damage seems hard to believe – so how exactly can silica dust cause cancer?
Construction in close proximity to residential areas is always a delicate affair. It's a balancing act between finishing the project on time and maintaining amicable relations with the community. That's why it's important to be on top of any threats of disturbance, particularly that of noise.Read more →
The terms volume and loudness do not refer to the same thing; however, people do interchange them, which can cause confusion. In the acoustics world, precision in language is important.Read more →
Silica does not normally present a major threat to health because it is bound up in materials and not present in the air we
New York City’s noise ordinances can seem complex at times. This simple guide provides a quick reference for noise mitigation requirements within the city.Read more →
Echo Barrier's noise control system provides mitigation of noise around a site perimeter, preventing it from spilling into the public and wider community.
But what about from smaller, more isolated tasks? Maybe your site covers only a limited surface area, or your team's work stations are emitting noise across the entire jobsite, placing everyone at risk of prolonged noise exposure. In this case, erecting temporary fencing and deploying barriers around the entire perimeter, might be excessive.
In Texas, regulation of disruptive or “unreasonable” noise falls under the disorderly conduct statute of the state penal code. This code classifies noise, including construction noise, as unreasonable if it exceeds 85 decibels, but only after the person creating the noise has been notified by local law enforcement that there has been a complaint.
This somewhat relaxed enforcement of noise control at the state level provides for more restrictive noise control measures by cities, in accordance with local needs.Read more →
Crystalline silica is found in a number of common construction materials including granite, concrete, brick, mortar, and sand. Numerous studies have shown that exposure to the dust created when working with these materials poses significant health risks — including the potential to develop lung cancer. Here are 4 ways that you can effectively control silica dust.
Once again, Echo Barrier will appear at the American Rental Association's ARA Rental Show in 2019, at the Anaheim Convention Center.Read more →
Civilization has brought about a lot of noise pollution in cities. Some cities in the world are too loud that the residents risk going deaf the longer they live in those cities. The major sources of noise pollution are conversations, traffic especially honking, construction sites, nightclubs, fireworks, audio speakers and other audio systems.Read more →
The search for peace and quiet has increased significantly over the years. Civilization has brought about a lot of noise pollution due to construction, vehicles, sound systems, and other human-made sound devices.Read more →
Amid the explosive growth of construction work in Los Angeles, authorities are scrupulously enforcing environmental health and safety regulations to ensure as smooth a completion of works as possible. One problem in particular that they’re keeping a close eye on that stands to worsen: construction noise.
Any construction that takes place in an already-developed area runs the risk of causing issues for surrounding residents and businesses. The noise produced by power tools, diggers, generators, pneumatic devices, and other machinery can produce constant noise reading 90 dB or higher, often resulting in displeasure from neighbors, with subsequent noise complaints.
Piles of money, deep holes in the ground, and a whole lot of noise; fracking is the gold rush of the 21st century.
However, it hasn’t been all rainbows for the industry, as it continues to make its name synonymous with controversy. Luckily, a modern practical solution is being implemented to keep fracking as inconspicuous as possible.Read more →
The oil and gas well stimulation technique of hydraulic fracturing—or fracking—has been stirring pots worldwide. What has recently become a commercially viable venture has also turned into a massive source of controversy, turning citizens against corporations in a debate over a host of potential dangers, the lure of profit, and the pursuit of American energy independence.Read more →
Noise exposure in the workplace is better understood these days, but there are many guidelines published and enforced by various agencies, including OSHA and NIOSH. How much do they differ?Read more →
Has your dog ever barked or howled at a siren, or hidden under the bed when fireworks are exploding outside? Noise pollution is not only a human problem – it affects every living creature on the Earth.Read more →
With tight legislation governing sound control, you may not be sure whether or not you have some boxes to tick, and a legal obligation to install sound blankets or some other form of noise mitigation on your construction site.Read more →
As legislators and regulators continue to shift their focus onto the health benefits of noise mitigation, rental firms are presented with an opportunity to expand their portfolio in a lucrative new direction.Read more →
For adults, noise pollution can be disturbing enough to impact their health. For children, the damage from chronic exposure to noise pollution can be much more profound.Read more →
Hydraulic fracturing can be a noisy venture, but what is it exactly that causes such a din, and what can be done to prevent it from hindering fracking efforts?
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The procurement, transportation, storage, and deployment of sound blankets can be a chore, which you’ll already know if you’ve ever had to treat a site or piece of machinery with big barriers and blankets.
Now, it doesn't have to be.
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Some parts of the world are already swinging away, trying to knock the issue of noise pollution on the head, while others remain trailing. This legitimate public health concern is on the rise globally, and we are trying to play catch-up to subdue the harsh toll it is taking on our population.Read more →
Fracking has been around for quite a while — since 1949 to be exact. However, it wasn't until more recently that U.S. engineers made fracking more economically viable.
While it isn't a new technique, the widespread use of it is something new and its practice needs to be critically examined to ensure that it is safe and environmentally sound.
Here are a few of the pros and cons of fracking, and what we can do to mitigate some of the issues surrounding it.
You’re underway on a big new job, and everything’s coming out the gates like clockwork. Deliverables are being met, the site is in order, and everybody’s working hard.
But there’s just one thing:
You’ve got a lot of machines. And they’re making a lot of noise.
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Fracking is a contentious issue in the United States but few states have officially banned it — only three in fact. New York State is one of them, where fracking was banned by mayor Andrew Cuomo in 2015.
Here is a brief history of how the New York fracking ban came to be.
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In 2018, concern around hearing damage has only grown with the global population, and noise pollution is now being dubbed the ‘new second-hand smoke’.Read more →
A detailed look into how acoustic barriers vary from sound blankets, and why outdated temporary sound control products are being thrown out for this new technology.
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Anyone who has ever had to organize an outdoor event will be familiar with the enormity of handling noise complaints, and even more so with the ensuing headaches.Read more →
We’re all aware of how obnoxious commercial air conditioner units can be; constantly noisy, overbearing, and at times distracting to work around.Read more →
Our world surrounds us with sound. While some are pleasing, others are...not so much.Read more →
If your construction site is situated close enough to homes and other places of work, the noise emanating from the site could put you at risk of ruffling some feathers.Read more →
More than 40,000 miles of UK roads could become unusable within five years because councils face a huge £556 million shortfall in funding to repair potholes.
A major study out today has found that more than one in 10 local roads could become lethal if they are not fixed within a year and a red alert has been issued for a stretch of road almost the length of Earth’s circumference managed by local authorities.
This giant stretch of the road network could ‘fail’ – or become too dangerous to drive on – if not repaired over the next year but not only could the repairs cost cash-strapped councils a chunk of money – they could also cause a huge amount of disruption.Read more →
New research has shown that birds exhibit symptoms of PTSD as a result of prolonged exposure to loud noise.
Birds, much like humans, need some peace and quiet from time to time. We are able to go home, shut the door and with it the noisy world outside. But for bluebirds living in nesting sites in northern New Mexico, there is no escape, according to a recent study by the Bureau of Land Management.
A consistent low rumbling caused by a nearby natural gas compressors is causing an audio buffer, which is masking the background sounds of the bird’s natural environment. This is making their interactions more challenging and disguising the sounds of approaching predators.Read more →