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.
Runners Are Lucky
Being a runner doesn’t take special equipment or gear. With a pair of good running shoes, runners can run anywhere, anytime. They can, loop the block or log 10-15 miles in any direction. All runners have a few common characteristics. They spot every port-a-potty in town and they replace running shoes more often than their toothbrushes. They also use their watch to track distance and heart-rate, not time. It seems, once a person starts running, it’s in their blood and they want more.
Best Cities for Runners
My friend Martha is an avid runner. She travels for work and never misses an opportunity to run. Martha says, “It’s a great way to see new places. It’s an adventure! Who doesn’t like adventure?”
What makes a city great for runners? Aside from planned races to run, it has to be the culture and surroundings that make the experiences rich. For fun, I compiled the top 5 common best US cities for runners, according to Runners World, Active.com, Women’s Running and Forbes:
- San Francisco, CA – prepare yourself for the famous hills and smell of the ocean
- New York City – challenge yourself to identify as many celebrities as you can
- Chicago, Illinois – enjoy the lakeshore of the beautiful Windy City
- Washington, DC – a great way to see our national treasures
- Portland, OR – run off all that wonderful food you’re going to indulge in at their many micro-breweries.
I have noticed, runners (including Martha) get lost in their own world when they run. They often forget the #1 rule, “SAFETY FIRST”! Below are a few safety guidelines as a reminder:
- Protect your feet and knees: wear good shoes and run on grass when possible
- Avoid uneven sidewalks, curbs, rocks, holes, tree roots or any obstacles
- Keep your heart rate up, try not to stop. But, by all means, don’t run through a red light!
- Avoid breathing exhaust. Run in the morning when the air is clear.
- Jog against traffic so you can see cars coming toward you. Wear reflective gear.
- Approach intersections with caution.
- Be alert! Run with HearBand SportTM neckband headphones. With the LED flashing light and reflective tape, you will be seen and able to control ambient sound and music – interdependently. Check these out: HearBand Sport.
I leave you with Spotify’s most streamed workout tracks of 2017. Load these on your device when the new HearBand Sport neckbands arrive.
- “Till I Collapse” – Eminem
- “Rockstar” – Post Malone
- “Lose Yourself” – Soundtrack Version Eminem
- “HUMBLE.” – Kendrick Lamar
- “More Than You Know” – Axwell /\ Ingrosso
- “Mi Gente” (feat. Beyoncé) – J Balvin
- “Havana” – Camila Cabello
- “You Don’t Know Me” – Radio Edit – Jax Jones
- “New Rules” – Dua Lipa
- “POWER” – Kanye West
I admit these songs would not be my first choice, I am a spa music kinda gal.
What is are your favorite songs for working out? Inspire me!
When you are looking for a college to attend you gather different factors to make that decision.
Some of those factors are tuition costs, location, reputation, and campus life. A factor that has become more prevalent in previous years is campus safety.We decided to look at the top ten safest campuses across the country.
This list of top ten safest campuses was compiled based on reports and data from the National Council for Home Safety and Security.
1. The University of New Hampshire – Located in Durham, New Hampshire this university is the largest in the state with over 15,000 students.
2. Brigham Young University, Idaho – Once known as Ricks College this university is run by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. One reason for its high-ranking is that all of the students are required to sign an honor code that follows the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
3. Oakland University – Located in Rochester Hills in southeast Michigan, this university offers over two hundred and fifty-degree programs. With over 20,000 students there is no shortage of options from competing in D-1 athletics to conducting research in their freshman year.
4. University of Massachusetts, Amherst – This university is known for being a research powerhouse. It is the third largest recipient of research funding from that National Science Foundation. Being only one of five “Research 1”, the highest level attainable, universities in the state, it is the only public institution on the list.
5. Washington State University – Located in Pullman, Washington this area is known for its rolling hills and dry-land agriculture. This university is well-known for its programs in chemical engineering, pharmacy, agriculture, and much more.
6. Central Michigan University – With over 20,000 students and a neuroscience program ranked number one in the country this university has a lot to offer students looking to go into medicine.
7. The University of California, Irvine – Located in one of the world’s safest communities, Orange County, this university brings a lot both academically and economically to the area. Everything from premier research to producing three Nobel laureates. And you can’t forget their infamous mascot – the anteater.
8. Montclair State University – This campus is only a 30-min drive to Manhattan yet it may seem like a world away. With over 20,000 students, the city of Montclair NJ still remains as one of the safest college towns in America. Oh, and Yogi Berra, the Yankees legend, is an alum.
9. University of Central Oklahoma – One of the best education programs in the Southwest located in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have some of the largest programs in the nation when it comes to Nursing, Music Jazz, and Education. They’re Department of Physics is ranked in the top 20. All while boasting safety.
10. Michigan State University – One of the largest schools in the country with over 50,000 students. The G.I Bill in 1945 helped with the expansion but even with its large size, it remains one of the safest schools in the country.
See the full list of 100 top safest campuses here.
At Lucid Audio, we want to make staying safe on campus easy. With our HearBand Sport, you are able to Hear and Be Seen. With LED Safety Lights and reflectors and revolutionary technology that allows you to amplify the outside sounds around you while still listening to your favorite music, you can make safety a priority.
Ready to start running?
Not sure what gear you actually need. Don’t worry! We narrowed it all down to the essential running gear you need for your next run.
All this gear makes the miles seem a little more doable. But remember that everybody is different, so reevaluate after your run to see what you need to add or subtract.
1. Tracking Device – Grab a FitBit to wear and keep track of your miles, heart rate, and calorie burn. If you prefer to take your phone with you there are multiple apps that can track your run. For example, Map My Run is a great option. Or if you are an Apple Watch user you can track your run through there.
2. Hydration – You’ll want to make sure you are constantly hydrated before and after your run. Either with a hydration belt, like this one from Fitletic, for during your run or a great water bottle to carry around after.
3. Headphones – When you’re running you want to make sure you can hear and be seen. Lucid Audio’s HearBand Sport with LED Safety Lights has LED lights and reflectors to make sure you are seen on your route. With the ability to amplify ambient sounds up to 9x and take calls with Bluetooth technology you can hear on your run too.
4. Music/Podcast – What goes better with headphones than great music or an interesting podcast. With Spotify Premium, you can make playlists to go with your run. Check out our blog post for 5 new songs to add.
5. Socks – Need post-run recovery? Grab a pair of compression socks to help alleviate soreness and pain. Nike Compression socks are a great way to get prep your body for the next run.
There are so many essential running items out there. Make sure to pick the ones that work best for you. And we’ll see you out on the trails.
DECIBEL LEVELS FOUND IN COMMON PLACES
Ever wonder just how loud your favorite family restaurant is? Or your teenager’s football game? We investigated for you, so you know when and where to protect your child’s ears.
The loudness of a sound is measured in decibels (dB.) The higher the decibels, the louder the sound. While most everyday noises (typing, conversation, or the ticking of a clock) are not harmful, some of the things we may hear on any given day can be damaging. According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), any noise with a decibel level higher than 85 could actually cause permanent hearing damage.
Decibel Levels in Common Places | Lucid Audio | HearMuffs | Learn More by Kylee Orlando
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Ever wonder how loud is too loud?
We’re diving into the details when it comes to decibel levels.
It’s important to know the different decibels items in your home and outside your home make to protect your family. Children especially are at risk for hearing damage if exposed to dangerous decibel levels for a consistent amount of time. The risk for noise-induced hearing loss is influenced by the length of time you are exposed to the sound and the loudness of the sound.
Sounds that give off 0-70 decibels are safe to listen to for as long as you’d like. Things that fall into this range is moderate rainfall, typical conversation, an alarm clock.
Once you move into the above 85 decibels, like a kitchen blender or blow dryer, it begins to become less safe if listened to for more than 8 hours. In children, this time is reduced due to their smaller ear canals and the way the sound is transmitted.
A sound that is considered extremely loud and painful is anything above 90 decibels. The subway, for example, is 90 decibels, and firearms are 140 decibels. When there is prolonged exposure to loud noise it can cause injury to your hearing at this level. Even a single loud sound blast or explosion, known as impulse or impact noise can cause the same amount of damage as prolonged exposure.
How loud is too loud with your child’s toys?
Children’s toys can be categorized as extremely loud due to children placing them close to their ears and repeatedly playing the noise.
When certain toys, like squeaky rubber ones, are held directly to the ear, as children often do, they can actually expose the ear to as much as 120 decibels of sound. That is the equivalent of a jet plane taking off. Noise at this level can cause permanent damage to your child’s hearing. That is why it is important to evaluate all the noises in your home and the exposure your children have.
Make sure you take the steps to protect your ears.
You do not want to be fooled into thinking your ears can “tune it out” or are “tough enough”. This type of noise induced hearing loss is gradual and usually painless but is not reversible. Once destroyed, your ears cannot be repaired.
Children’s ears are sensitive, protecting them is imminent.
There are many places a parent already knows their child will need ear protection, like the big game or concert. But what about some others that aren’t so obvious, like your own home. We have compiled a list of ten places to protect your child’s ears from the harmful noise.
Ten places to pack ear protection for your little one:
- Malls / Shopping Centers
- Stadiums/ Gyms / Race Tracks
- Road Trip – Highway Noise
- City Apartment Living – Sirens / Construction
- Playroom – various toys when held close to the hear can reach unsafe decibels
- Family Entertainment Centers (i.e Chuck E Cheese)
- Restaurants – with live music or loud dining areas
- Amusement Parks
15 minutes of listening to noise over 100 decibels are considered extremely dangerous for your child.
All of these places listed have noise that could reach decibels that are dangerous to your child’s hearing and hearing development. The importance of hearing protection goes beyond just their ears, it can help reduce the stress of a child in a loud environment and make your experience as a parent just a little easier.
So next time you head to the mall, big game, or even just to your living room, remember to place ear protection on your little one.
The Importance of Baby Ear Protection
Remember the image that circled around after the 2010 Superbowl? The Saints had just won and Drew Brees is seen hoisting his then 1-year-old son. What caused all the buzz, were the earmuffs his son Baylen had on. Some people knew the importance of baby ear protection and others didn’t. That photo started a conversation.
Why was he wearing protective earmuffs? To protect from potentially life-altering hearing loss due to the roaring crowds. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health says that more than 15 min of exposure to over 100 decibels is unsafe. The norm for a football stadium ranges anywhere from 100 to 130 decibels.
The importance of baby ear protection is due to the fact that children’s ear canals are smaller than adults. So the pressure of the noise entering the ear is greater and has a shorter distance to travel. All of this causes dangerous noise levels to increase in higher frequencies, which are especially important in language development.
Conversations about baby ear protection mostly go by the wayside.
Why? Because hearing loss accumulates over time, slowly, and is not painful so it goes unnoticed. Also, many parents are unaware of the sound levels that simple things like snowmobiles or firework shows cause on their children. Finally, it is sometimes difficult to get your child to wear earplugs without taking them out.
That’s where earmuffs come in. LucidAudio HearMuffs are designed to protect and soothe your child in situations of high-level noise. The HearMuffs Soothe allow you to use a touch of a button to communicate with your child so there is no need to remove the earmuffs. And if you child needs a calming sound to help them sleep, HearMuffs Sounds offers four different variations so there is no need to miss a nap.
Protecting your children goes beyond just sunscreen.
Bicycles let you exercise almost every muscle in your body simultaneously. Besides being great exercise, they are also a healthy and economical means of transportation. However, bicycle riding can be dangerous. In 2013, bicyclists accounted for 494,000 trips to the emergency room. Whether your path takes you through your favorite local park, or across busy rush hour intersections, stay alert to the sounds around you and remember some good sense tips to stay safe and sound.
Follow the Rules of the Road
- Obey all traffic signals and road signs, including lane markings
- Most state laws prohibit riding against the flow of traffic
- Wear bright, reflective colors
- Install reflectors on your bike
- Consider installing a headlight. It will improve your visibility while making you easier to see.
Stay Aware and Alert
- Keep items you need during your ride, like water bottles, in an easy to reach place.
- Look behind you frequently. Or, consider installing rearview mirrors.
- Consider purchasing a set of high-performance headphones with amplification. Lucid Audio’s headphones and neckbands enable you to turn up ambient sounds, up to 9x amplification. Turning up the sounds around you means you’ll never need to worry about the traffic behind you. Two hi gain omni directional microphones allows you to not only hear but enhance the sounds around you. You’ll never be taken by surprise again! You can enjoy your music, connect to incoming phone calls or check your messages with a simple touch of a button. All while staying aware of everything happening at a busy intersection or in the park. Switch easily between all of these functions without breaking your rhythm and stay safe on the road.
Communicate with Others on the Road
- Give hand signals as often as possible. Make your movements big, so you are sure to be seen.
- Make eye contact with passing drivers. This way you can be sure they see you before you make a potentially dangerous turn.
- A key aspect of communication is being able to hear and respond quickly to what’s happening around you. Lucid Audio’s headphones and neckband allow you to turn up the volume on the world around you so you can communicate effectively with other cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers while staying fit. Hear the honk of car horns and act accordingly. React safely near construction areas and hear those who may be trying to communicate with you while cycling. Hear all these sounds at a normal level or amplify them up to 9X. The choice is yours.
Unlike other neckbands or headphones with amplification, Lucid Audio devices actually increase your safety on the road. The powerful AMPEDTM technology keeps you alert and aware of all the sounds around you, regardless of how focused you are on your path.
Stay safe AND sound with Lucid Audio’s line of neckbands and headphones with amplification. Visit our website to see how this revolutionary technology can improve your riding time.
Lucid Audio has recently released an extraordinary new line of Bluetooth neckbands and headphones. What makes them so special? The answer is the genius of their cutting-edge AMPED™ technology, which allows you to customize the way you hear the world like no other device can.
One Less Thing to Think About
Allysa is a socially active artist living in a big city. She often takes the bus to get to her various commitments. Her Lucid Audio headphones allow her to integrate music into her daily activities in ways no other audio device can. Using the AND Control Center, she can choose to concentrate on her music. With the touch of a button, she can choose to have a clear conversation on a busy bus. The world around her comes in more clearly because of her Lucid Audio headphones. The patent pending AMPED™ technology let’s her hear what she wants, when she wants.
She also likes how easy it is to use the Bluetooth neckbands and headphones. “They are wireless, so I can…pick a song I want to put on, put my phone in my bag…so, this is one less thing that I have to think about.”
Safe AND Sound
Ben is a modern day renaissance man. He is a builder, a designer, a photographer, and a motorcycle enthusiast. His Lucid Audio neckband gives him the power to enjoy his music with stereo quality sound while staying safe on the road.
With his neckband, he can increase the sounds of traffic around him. He can be safe and alert, while listening to his very own soundtrack.
“I enjoy listening to music a lot while I’m riding,’ he says. “…It’s like I’m the movie star of my own movie….I feel safe when I use it.”
Your Life – AMPED
This unique smart technology has been engineered for our modern times. Often we’re surrounded by the noise of traffic, conversations from others and the general chaos of life. This patent pending smart technology puts you in control of hearing what you want, when you want.
How could the genius of AMPED™ add safety and convenience to your daily life?
- Clearly hear the conversations you want to hear most
- Enjoy your motivation music during your morning run, and still be able to hear what’s happening around you
- Switch between your tunes and incoming calls with the touch of a button
- Protect your hearing at loud outdoor events
With devices starting at $79, Lucid Audio has the right product for you, at the right price. Visit Lucidaudio.com for product information.