The term “sound pollution” probably brings to your mind -- or, rather, ears -- the blast of truck horns or the clashing metal of heavy machinery as you drive past road construction. The truth is that damaging sounds can come in a variety of forms and can have a profound impact on your mental well-being. It may surprise you to learn that noise pollution can come in the form of music or being surrounded by conversation and laughing in a large, crowded space.
According to Psychology Today, excessive noise pollution can lead to mental fatigue, anxiety and aggression; “Moreover, hearing loss, whether caused by noise pollution or aging, can be a psychological problem as well as a physical problem. A person who suffers from hearing loss may tend to isolate himself, feel lonely, and, in extreme cases, even succumb more easily to depression.”
The good news, though, is that you can harness the power of positive sound in order to promote a healthy mental state. According to Kenny Baldwin at Genote, “Music is made up of hundreds of different components, such as melody, harmony and rhythm. Songs combine these elements to produce certain styles and emotions. But these musical elements also trigger reactions from the mind and body.”