How Turning Down the Volume Helps Us Thrive
By Sandy Schroeder
We live in a fast moving culture in which noise is often accepted as part of the scene. If you think of the noise level on the roads, in movies, and at restaurants, it seems as if we are coping with noise much of the time.
Making the effort to lower the volume might help all of us function better. At the end of the day, we can collect our thoughts and kids may do better in school when they have quiet work areas at home.
Creating Quiet Escapes
We can help ourselves by turning down the volume in our homes and encouraging quiet. According to hearing specialists, noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative over time. The more we do to lower the volume, the longer our hearing ability may last.
Look around your home and see what can be done to muffle noise. Open floor plans, tile floors and loud appliances all increase the noise level. But carpet, curtains, pillows and fabrics can be used to soften sound. Repositioning task areas can help too. Separating activity areas from children’s study areas, and moving louder projects out to the garage will help.
If you have a real sound problem, where family members clash, you may need to take more steps.
Taking More Steps
Furniture can be moved to muffle noise areas. Putting large bookcases on walls adjoining more noisy areas will quiet a room.
Drywall can be added to kids’ rooms, or an office, to soak up sound. Acoustic panels come in packs with 12-inch squares in a variety of colors. Use them to soundproof music rooms or other loud areas, as you create artistic effects with the patterns.
Solid doors with weather stripping can replace hollow doors to keep sound levels down. Also, be sure to seal gaps around windows.
Headphones can help separate people enjoying TV or music from the ones who are sleeping. Bedrooms can be set up with fans or air filters to provide a steady flow of white noise.
Fixing squeaky floors and noisy pipes will reduce overall home noise. Shopping for quieter refrigerators and dishwashers when it’s time to replace them will help reduce noise.
Trees and bushes can also form strategic sound barriers if you live on a noisy street or close to another neighbor.
Finally, setting up quiet times after dinner and before bed, may have the effect of quieting down the whole household. Enjoy the silence, and keep looking for more ways to soften your world.
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