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Noise pollution is a constant – a background hum, an irritating buzz, a deadly concoction of sounds causing all kinds of medical problems for people who have become accustomed to it. Here, we look at some of the world’s loudest cities – and ways you can seek a bit of peace and quiet amid the melee.
Cities such as Mumbai, Tokyo and New York are topping the tables of the loudest cities in the world. The constant roar of traffic, relentless construction noise, police sirens, car horns all contribute to the cacophony and The World Health Organisation has claimed the level of noise produced – which exceeds 90 decibels in these places – is considered dangerous to people who live and work there. Noise pollution can cause hearing loss, cardiovascular problems, cognitive impairment, stress and depression. Some experts go further: they believe exposure to environmental noise could be slowly killing us.