A couple of months ago, I discovered that one of my washing machine hoses was leaking. The insurance company sent a team to rip out the damaged laminate, subfloor and drywall. They set up three industrial-type fans to dry out the laundry closet and adjacent hallway. On the other side of the wall from the stacked washer-dryer set is my living room, one of my absolute favorite spaces to relax at home after work. The 24/7 fan noise disrupted the pleasure of my quiet evenings for about a week. I often enjoy a cup of herbal tea on my velvet couch, feet up on the ottoman and fireplace on. That was a very long, stressful week and made me appreciate the benefits of quiet all the more. The experience inspired my latest Forbes.com article on the dangers of noise pollution. You can read it by clicking here.
Too many homes today are filled with noise pollution and don’t fulfill their ideal role as a sanctuary for residents. If you work or attend classes in a noisy environment all day, coming home to a cacophony of mechanical and electronic sounds can be unpleasant, to put it mildly. For some adults and children, the problems go deeper. Maybe this is impacting your family. I hope the insights in this piece are helpful to you or a loved one.
Silent alarm clocks gently rouse sleepers with light instead of sound.
(PHOTO COURTESY: DESIGN MILK/PHILLIPS)
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