Hearing has a much greater impact on performance than most people realize, your ear
receives sound waves and sends them through a delicately balanced system to the
brain. Part of this remarkable system, the cochlea, is a chamber in the inner
ear filled with fluid and lined with thousands of tiny hair cells. The hair
cells signal the auditory nerve to send electrical impulses to the brain. The
brain interprets these impulses as sound. When you are exposed to loud or
prolonged noise, the hair cells are damaged and the transmission of sound is
The amount of noise and length of time you are exposed to noise determine its ability to damage your hearing. Noise levels are
measured in decibels (dB). The higher the decibel level, the louder the noise.
Sounds louder than 80 decibels are considered potentially hazardous to man so be
on the watch out.
Right to Life guarantees a right of persons to life with human dignity. Any one who wishes to live in
peace, comfort and quiet within his house has a right to prevent the noise as
pollutant reaching him.
Right to Information infers that one has the right to know about the norms and conditions on which Government permits noise effect on the environment.
Right to Religion and Noise: - Right to religion does not include right to perform religious activities on
loud speakers and electronic gadgets which produce high velocity of noise on
The state has the objective to make the environment pollution free as much as it can and every citizen of
the country has the fundamental duty to clean the environment from every hazard.
We have the law relating to noise pollution but there is need to creating
general awareness towards the hazardous effects of noise pollution. In Nigeria, people
generally lack consciousness of the ill effects which noise pollution creates and
how the society stand to benefit by preventing the generation and emission of
The target area in preventing noise pollution should be educational institutions,
non-governmental organization, ministries of environment and information, all
citizenry, companies. We all ought to be responsible citizens as regards noise
pollution should all ‘Shine Our Eyes’ if you know what I mean.
Be an advocate!
Be aware of the noise in your environment and take control of it
Have your hearing tested
Inspect your child's toys for noise level
Be a responsible consumer of sound products.
Educate others on noise & also educate yourself
Pump down the volume of sound system!
Limit periods of exposure to noise.
Wear hearing protectors if you must be where hazardous noise is.
150 dB = rock music peak
140 = firearm, air raid siren
130 = jackhammer
120 dB = jet plane take-off
Extremely Loud Sound
110dB = model plane
106dB = bass drum rolls
100 dB = chain saw, pneumatic drill
90dB = lawnmower, truck traffic
Very Loud Sound
80dB = alarm clock, busy street
70dB = vacuum cleaner
60dB = conversation, dishwasher
50dB = Moderate rainfall
40dB = quiet room
30dB = whisper, quiet library