The everyday sound that's making Aussies sick

·Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

From beeping car alarms to snoring, there are no shortages of annoying sounds.

But there’s one everyday noise that’s officially driving Aussies insane and according to a new report, it’s bad for your health.

Sony discovered that the most hated noise in Australia is the sound of people talking loudly, closely followed by blaring music and the painful drilling of construction sites.

Noise pollution is not only annoying, it’s bad for your health. Source: Giphy
Noise pollution is not only annoying, it’s bad for your health. Source: Giphy

According to mindfulness expert and psychologist Tahnee Schulz, the hectic nature of the world we live in could be damaging our wellbeing.

“In the hustle and bustle of modern life, where we’re constantly being over-stimulated by both natural and man-made sounds, it’s more important than ever for us to be aware of the epidemic of noise pollution and the effects that it can have on us physically and mentally,” she told Yahoo Lifestyle.

In fact, according to research a staggering 95 percent of us feel ‘irritated’ by sounds going on around us.

This affects us in a multitude of negative ways, including suffering from reduced concentration to increased irritability, higher stress levels and a reduction in sleep. Yikes!

Sony discovered the sound Aussies hated the most was people talking loudly around them. Source: Getty
Sony discovered the sound Aussies hated the most was people talking loudly around them. Source: Getty

Earlier this year, a study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that one in five people are daily exposed to noise levels that could lead to ‘significant’ damage to health.

Thankfully Tahnee said there are some proactive steps you can take to minimise your exposure to disruptive noise and help you feel more centred and at peace.

From investing in some noise cancelling headphones, like Sony’s new WH-1000XM3’s, to taking time to practice mindfulness, you can help reduce the risk of sound pollution making you sick.

Here’s the full list of most annoying sounds:

  1. People talking loudly (eg. in groups, on the phone, on public transport) (52%)

  2. Loud music nearby (49%)

  3. Construction (48%)

  4. Traffic noise (46%)

  5. Snoring (43%)

  6. Babies crying in an enclosed environments eg. plane, public transport (39%)

  7. People coughing, sniffling and sneezing (35%)

  8. Aircraft (eg. under flightpath) (27%)

  9. People chewing and swallowing (26%)

  10. Household appliances (eg. washing machine, aircon, vacuum) (20%)

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