Well, well the bellowing noise and deep low frequency bass noise pollution still goes on in Kumasi and no one in authority seems to want to stop it, otherwise it would have stopped. Having complained to the authorities personally about noise pollution, I have found that excuses rather than action are the order of the day. I have personally provided to the KMA Noise Control Unit considerable information about the health dangers associated with noise pollution. The MMDAs, the Bye-Laws, the Criminal Code and the Constitution all seem to have areas in them which could be used for noise abatement but seem to be being ignored as far as noise is concerned. If you don’t believe me then take a tour of Kumasi and its environs. Noise pollution can cause disease, death, birth defects and learning difficulties for children. Anyway, have a read at just how badly your health and well-being could be affected by that boom, boom, booming bass low frequency noise ……..
What is Low Frequency Intrusion?
Low Frequency Intrusion (LFI) is the involuntary exposure to loud low frequencies in people’s personal environments, like their home or work place, inducing physical and mental distress. Evidence suggests that second-hand bass frequencies, most commonly generated by high-powered car or home audio systems, have a negative impact on the human body, mind and spirit. View the current LFI survey results.
Consequently, LFI presents a more significant health concern than anyone realizes at this time.
Low Frequency Intrusion also provokes frustration, negative thoughts, feelings of revenge and contempt toward the LFI offender(s) in otherwise peaceful, reasonable and considerate people. This response is quite normal, considering the disrespectful and repeated violations of their private space. LFIs simply induce a lower emotional, intellectual and spiritual mindset.
Research has long substantiated the harmful effects low frequency noise can have on people. Symptoms include aggravation, decreased concentration, premature exhaustion, elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, insomnia, migraines, anxiety, frustration, sleep disruption, anger, contempt and many others.
What is Noise Pollution? source: www.epa.gov
The traditional definition of noise is “unwanted or disturbing sound”. Sound becomes unwanted when it either interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, or disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life. The fact that you can’t see, taste or smell it may help explain why it has not received as much attention as other types of pollution, such as air pollution, or water pollution. The air around us is constantly filled with sounds, yet most of us would probably not say we are surrounded by noise. Though for some, the persistent and escalating sources of sound can often be considered an annoyance. This “annoyance” can have major consequences, primarily to one’s overall health.
Health Effects source: www.epa.gov
Noise pollution adversely affects the lives of millions of people. Studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health. Problems related to noise include stress related illnesses, high blood pressure, speech interference, hearing loss, sleep disruption, and lost productivity. Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common and often discussed health effect, but research has shown that exposure to constant or high levels of noise can cause countless adverse health affects.
Low Frequency Intrusion as a weapon?
Most LFIs also contain infrasound (below 20Hz) which you can only feel and surely have experienced at one time or another. Low Frequency Intrusion has also been used effectively by the U.S. military to combat enemies and, at high enough volume, can do bodily harm to or even kill a human.
High intensity infrasound can induce disorientation and reduced sensory motor functions. At higher levels of intensity, experiments have shown that animals may cease breathing temporarily. While the LFIs we normally experience are generally at lower levels, we are still negatively affected by the frequencies on different scales.