Sound and noise are universal in our environments. It is so widespread we often do not notice it or simply categorize it as a harmless nuisance. Yet, this could not be further from the truth. Whether we realize we realize it or not, noise pollution is hazardous to the health to you and your loved one’s health.
What is Noise Pollution?
Environmentalists scientifically categorize constant or high-level sounds that disrupt the natural balance as being the result of exposure to “noise pollution.” This description applies to abnormal volumes and repetitive production of sounds or noise. Examples of noise pollutants include airport traffic, construction sites, music concerts, sporting events, fireworks, consistently playing with noisy toys/video games, and listening to personal music players or high-volume headphones.
Is Noise Pollution Harmful?
Because we can not see it, smell it does not mean it cannot harm us.
Surprisingly, the most common victims of noise pollution are our children. Numerous diseases, birth defects, and immune system changes are traced back to noise pollution. This includes psychological effects, as well.
Approximately 40 years ago a link between low-birthweight and exposure to high sound levels noted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Expectant mothers with exposure to noise pollution have higher rates of birth abnormalities to include: low birth weight, harelip, cleft palate, and spinal defects.
As well, noise pollution is known to damage the physical health of children beyond infancy. Children who live in noisy residences often have a heart rate significantly higher than those of children from quieter homes. Lower focus and performance abilities are also linked to those living in noisy conditions.
Consequently, higher rates of hypertension and ADD/HDAD disorders are found amongst children living in noise pollution. It is estimated, approximately 12% American children between the ages of 6 to 19 years had impaired hearing in one or both ears.
Regular exposure to sounds and noise related pollution in educational settings compromise their auditory processing and can develop speech and/or reading complications. Just like children continue to physically grow as they get older, they continue to develop their speech perception capabilities as they develop into their teenage years. Disruptive noise in learning environments can yield a variety of cognitive developmental delays.
Evidence shows children in noisier classrooms have more learning aptitude difficulties than those who learn in quieter settings. APD, an auditory processing disorder associated with word discrimination, and Dysgraphia, a writing development impairment stem brain-based issues and caused by environmental stressors commonly associated with noise pollution.
How to Protect our Children?
Noise pollution can play a role in shaping our child’s mental health and physical functionality. Once we understand and reconcile this scientific fact, we can take preventative measures. Your child’s health is important to Lucid Audio. We are parents too, which is why our HearMuffs are made with our revolutionary advanced sound protection technology.
Our HearMuffs actively compress harmful sounds while having the unique ability to let in outside voices at a comfortable level. HearMuffs and Kids HearMuffs protect your child from noise pollution including traffic, concerts, construction, and city sounds. All while providing maximum comfort for all head shapes and sizes and grows with your child from infancy through adolescence.
Audiobooks continue to be the fastest growing published format and it’s no wonder given how mobile our day-to-day lives have become with the accessibility to smartphones, tablets, and wireless headphones.
Following up on our last blog titled, Surprising Benefits of Listening to Audiobooks!, we feel it appropriate to round-out the topic and provide our list of Audiobooks that promise to promote positive change in your life.
Whether you need some entertainment on-the-go, to calm your mood, something to take your mind off tackling those mundane tasks, we are confident you will want to check out this list of audiobooks below. And to make things even easier, each has an Audible.com link for easy downloading. Finally, plug in your favorite Lucid Audio device and tackle your day while taking in something positive! Happy Listening!
8 AUDIOBOOKS THAT PROMOTE POSITIVE CHANGE!
#1. 12 RULES FOR LIFE
BY: JORDAN B. PETERSON, NORMAN DOIDGE
Peterson answers the most difficult of questions of living in a modern world and uniquely combines the hard-won truths of ancient tradition with the stunning revelations of cutting-edge scientific research.
#2. THE SUBTLE ART OF NOT GIVING A F*CK
BY: MARK MANSON
Superstar blogger, Mark Manson, cuts through the minutia to show you a counterintuitive approach to living a good life by the importance of stop trying to be positive all the time so you can truly become a better, happier person.
#3. THE POWER OF HABIT
BY: CHARLES DUHIGG
Columnist, Charles Duhigg takes you to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries and distills vast amounts of information through narratives. All while explaining why habits exist and how they can be changed. Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.
#4. THE FIVE LOVE LANGUAGES: THE SECRET TO LOVE THAT LASTS
BY: GARY CHAPMAN
Whether you are in a relationship or know someone in one, this is an excellent and enlightening guide towards better understanding everyone’s unique language of love. Learn to speak and understand your partner’s love language, and in no time, you will be able to effectively love and truly feel loved in return.
#5. THE 10X RULE
BY: GRANT CARDONE
Want a step-by-step guide on how to achieve phenomenal success for yourself? The 10X Rule guides you through correctly setting goals you previously thought were impossible to achieve. Cardone’s 10X Rules promises to create unprecedented levels of happiness and satisfaction in every area of your life and shows you how to use your fear as fuel to move you into action.
#6. THE 4-HOUR WORKWEEK
BY: TIMOTHY FERRISS
Who doesn’t want to live more and work less? Enjoy the dozens of practical tips and case studies from people who have doubled their income, overcome common sticking points, and reinvented themselves. Included in the 4 Hour Work Week are templates for eliminating email and negotiating with bosses and clients, how to apply lifestyle principles in unpredictable economic times, and the latest tools, tricks, and shortcuts for living like a millionaire without having to be one.
#7. YEAR OF YES
BY: SHONDA RHIMES
Talented creator of television hits Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder, Shonda Rhimes, took on her sister’s challenge to say “Yes” for 1 year. In the Year of Yes, she chronicles how the powerful impact of saying “yes” for one year changed her life and how it can change yours.
#8. THE 5 SECOND RULE
BY: MEL ROBBINS
This simple rule is a one-size-fits-all solution for the one problem we all face of holding ourselves back. Mel Robbins will assist in transforming your life with this one simple tool. The 5 Second Rule will help you become your greatest self. Want to break the habit of procrastination and self-doubt need to beat fear and uncertainty, desire to stop worrying and feel happier? It takes just five seconds.
Don’t forget to listen to these great audiobooks on your Lucid Audio device. Shop Lucid Audio’s HearBand. Our AMPED technology enables you, the listener to enjoy high definition audio without losing awareness of your surroundings. Customize your experience in real time using the ‘AND’ controls, which allow you to separately choose the volume of your music and of ambient sounds. Whether you want no outside sound or up to 9x amplification, it’s yours.
Audiobooks used to be reserved for long road trips or viewed as a dummies guide to reading. However, in recent years they have gained a tremendous amount of popularity. As of 2016, U.S. audiobook sales totaled $2.1 billion making it the fastest-growing format in publishing according to Nielsen Book Research.
ENTERTAINMENT WHILE ON-THE-GO!
Because we are all so busy with work, families, and home life finding entertainment and an escape from the daily grind can be challenging. One of the obvious reason audiobooks have gained exponential popularity recently is due to the increase in digital technology, it’s growing affordability, and more importantly due to its mobility.
With the increase in popularity and affordability of smartphones, tablets to laptops, wireless headphones like our HearBands, and Kindles there are more avenues to listen to your favorite book. This coupled with countless audio books becoming accessible wirelessly, reading your favorite book or getting to that recommended novel your best-friend said is a “must read” no longer has to be reserved for sitting down during your free time [insert laugh here.] With the accessibility you can now listen to books wherever your day takes you and can be accomplished whatever you are doing.
Just like one of Audible’s early catchphrases accurately predicted: “You can listen when your eyes are busy but your mind is free.” And we all know finding even a few moments in your busy day can be a challenge. Yet even take a few moments to slip on your favorite Lucid Audio wireless device to listen to a book can bring endless possibilities of entertainment, positive creativity, and provided healthy results as seen with calming your mind by reading your favorite book or binge-watching your favorite show on a lazy Sunday.
CALM YOUR MIND
To recap our blog titled “Meditate Without Meditating” in recent years, “meditation” has taken on a much broader meaning. It is well-documented meditation improves memory, attention, mood, immune system function, sleep, and creativity. All it takes is a few minutes a day to start reaping the benefits. Essentially, you do not technically have to meditate to meditate.
We can probably all agree to calm your mind and drowning out the daily chaos of your day can seem like a never-ending obstacle. Avid audiobook listeners profoundly believe [listening] to a good book (even on-the-go) can manifest results similar to those from traditional meditation. Just like snuggling up to your favorite read to escape into your imagination allows you to be, “in the moment” thus calming your mind, listening into your favorite audiobook can and melting to the sounds of the often-times soothing voice of the narrator can be a rather hypnotic and calming experience.
Whether you recognize it or not, once you understand the importance of being in the present moment, in the now, then you will find listening with the intent to an audiobook you will increase your comprehension and bring you to a calming state of mind.
MULTITASKING YOUR CHORES
Have you been putting off something painfully time-consuming like cleaning out your closet, or sitting in line at the DMV? Do you need something to forget your ultimate disdain for enduring rush hour? Plug into your favorite device and download an audiobook. During the time it takes to cook and clean-up, stand in a never-ending line, you can slip into listening to your favorite book and suddenly the time has passed. Done! And what’s better? You’ve just tapped into and fill your time with a wonderful literary experience while completing a chore, task, or daily commute.
Shop Lucid Audio’s Wireless products before you download your next audiobook. Our amped technology enables you, the listener to enjoy high definition audio without losing awareness of your surroundings. Customize your experience in real time using the controls, which allow you to separately choose the volume of your audiobook and of the ambient sounds around you. With this you are able to multitask, whether you want no outside sound or up to 9x amplification, it’s yours when listening to our wireless products.