Busy cities are represented by heavy traffic; too many cars; too many horns; too much noise.
Horns of cars in the streets are really annoying and disrupts our normal communication. We have known that exposure to high end industrial noise, approx. 85–90 dBA, especially over lifetime, can impair your hearing senses, however, some people claim that they are not much disturbed or affected by excessive noise or loud music, but that does not essentially mean that the noise is not harming their health.
Loud noise or music in a continuous pattern can increase possibilities of future blood pressure, stress and anxiety in a person.
Drivers in India are prone to using horns more often than required, as everybody wants to move fast and they have least patience for the traffic to clear out; they keep pushing the button with the cranky noise, not to alert or prevent accidents but to abuse other drivers to clear the way.
Drivers in big cities use horns as a mode of venting frustration and agitation on each other; as the noises articulate within the scene of a roadway, the level of violence overpowers beyond normalcy, resulting in every car blowing their horn unnecessarily. They don’t realise, how badly it is affecting the environment! A normal pedestrian crossing the road gets a shock hearing the honkings, their auditory senses are disturbed, as because the noise is kind of an unexpected stimulus and the brain is not prepared for it; this can be the reason for panic attacks in future.
Drivers spreading violence and aggression through noise pollution are more prone to anxiety, blood pressure and depression problems than cool and casual people.
Driving needs to be rationally handled, but most people tend to exhibit their heroic moves through this action and hence they need to move fast. This unrequired desire to beat everybody gives rise to an unhealthy competition among drivers on streets, and this is very bad for their physiological and mental health. Increased heartbeat, pulse rate, racing mind, frustration and panic are the results.
Moreover, the noise pollution impairs hearing sensations slowly over time for drivers, but they seldom realise it.
Exposure to high intensity noise in industry has been linked in some studies to raised levels of noradrenaline and adrenaline
Noise can have predictable short term effects on cardiovascular activities. A study was conducted around major airports in the world and it was found that a sudden intense exposure to noise may stimulate catecholamine secretion and precipitate cardiac dysrhythmias. Peripheral vasoconstriction results from recurrent exposure to extreme noise.
Sleep disorders are also quite common for people who are aggressive and bear noise pollution at will.
In the Civil Aviation Authority Study around Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the relative proportion of total sleep disturbance attributable to noise increased in noisy areas but not the level of total sleep disturbance. In effect, the work suggested a symptom reporting or attribution effect rather than real noise effects. There is both objective and subjective evidence for sleep disturbance by noise. Exposure to noise disturbs sleep proportional to the amount of noise experienced in terms of an increased rate of changes in sleep stages and in number of awakenings.
Sleep disturbance can also be a cause for blood pressure problems and heart diseases.
Studies of children exposed to environmental noise have consistently found effects on their cognitive performance.
Hence #Horny aggression from drivers is not only harming their health but also other inhabitants in the environment, physically and mentally.
We should really be careful and bear some responsibility for earth and its users. Our aggression can destroy our mental peace and well-being and at the same time bear negativity on others’ minds. Waiting will do us no harm, but aggression will and the noise we make will hamper the quality of living.