Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday #24- Don't Honk

Make Today Matter...

  • Noise is among the most pervasive pollutants today.
  • 28 million people have impaired hearing caused by noise.
  • Hearing loss is occurring in people at younger and younger ages.
  • Overexposure to noise can cause increased heart rate, respiration, sweating, headaches, stress, blood pressure, and sleep loss.
  • The law states that a driver of a motor vehicle, when reasonably necessary to ensure safe operation, shall give audible warning with the horn. The law prohibits the use of horns for any other reason, except as part of an alarm system.
  • Sound is measured by decibels (dBA). Common sounds include normal conversation (60 dBA), a noisy restaurant (85 dBA), a car horn (110 dBA), and a jackhammer (130 dBA).
  • At 110 dBA, the maximum exposure time is 1 minute and 29 seconds before hearing damage can occur.
Noise-induced hearing loss, though  preventable, is permanent.

Take Action Today!
  1. Only use your horn when it is reasonably necessary to ensure the safe operation of your vehicle.
  2. Don't use your horn to let someone know you are angry, to tell people you are waiting outside to pick them up, to say goodbye, and/or as a way of protesting.
  3. Get your hearing checked regularly.
You Matter!
You can be both the cause and the victim of noise. Noise-induced hearing loss is cumulative over one's lifespan. To avoid noise-induced hearing loss, pay attention to the noises around you, turn down the volume whenever possible, and don't honk your horn unnecessarily. 

Often, by the time you realize you are losing your hearing, it is too late.

(Adapted from Every Monday Matters: 52 Ways to Make a Difference by Matthew Emerzian and Kelly Bozza)

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