Environmental noise can cause many health problems. There is no way of knowing to what extent your ears are sensitive to noise. Prevention is the only way to protect yourself against hearing loss due to noise. To learn more about health problems related to noise, read The Effects of Environmental Noise on Health.
Listening to music at a very high volume can be dangerous to hearing. Here is how to prevent hearing loss when listening to music:
Good hearing is important to the language acquisition and development of children. Some toys emit very high sounds, which can reach up to 100 dBA. Such toys can be dangerous to children’s hearing. Parents and childcare workers must:
Neighbourhood noise has direct impact on the quality of your life and that of your neighbours.
For a pleasant neighbourhood soundscape, it is best to avoid making too much noise at all times of the day. Each person is responsible for minimizing the noise he or she makes both inside and outside of his or her home. Respecting one’s neighbours is important. You can contribute to this by lowering the volume of your music or television and using appliances that make little noise. You can also limit the noise made by your pets to avoid disturbing your neighbours. Make sure you use quieter appliances outdoors during quiet and sleeping times.
Many municipalities have noise regulations, especially regarding hours permitted for outdoor work. Contact your municipality to know the regulations in place.
It is possible to lodge complaints about environmental noise. To learn more, visit Services Québec .
If you have questions regarding hearing problems (permanent or temporary hearing loss and tinnitus) which you think are due to exposure to noise, call Info-Santé 811.
Last update: July 26, 2016 12:11 PM
The information on this website by no means replaces the advice of a health professional. If you have questions regarding your health, contact Info-Santé 811 or see a health professional.