Some people think that pollution comes only from the soil, water, and air. We all know that in many EJ communities, pollution gives rise to many detrimental health effects, but unknown to many is noise pollution which can be just as deadly. All of Connecticut’s largest cities, Hartford, New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, and Stamford, have noise ordinances but complaints about excessive noise in low-income and communities of color are not considered a priority even though noise is the #1 quality of life concern.
In many of these urban communities, residents are assaulted daily with relentless noise from car and home stereos, neighborhood DJ’s, and nightclubs. The noise from these sources often go unabated and without penalty morning, noon, and night. To fight against this we raise awareness about the health impacts of excess noise which include stress and hearing loss.
If stress becomes persistent, the brain, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and muscles become chronically over-activated or under-activated. Such chronic stress may produce physical or psychological damage over time. Stress can also be harmful to individuals with pre-existing health conditions.