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Wednesday
Oct062010

Loud Noise Can Be a Killer 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) -- A new study reveals that persistently loud noises, such as are heard in mining, lumbering and wood product manufacturing, can double or possibly triple a worker’s risk of heart disease over an 18-month span compared to those who enjoy quieter surroundings.

Adding to the risk of heart trouble is that the average age of those involved in the study were men around the age of 40 who tended to be heavier and smoked tobacco, factors that contribute to hypertension and heart problems.

What the researchers from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver learned is that being exposed to loud noise over a period of time is akin to stress that's associated with strong, sudden emotions.

Their recommendation is for workplaces to consider more effective ways of noise control and for individuals to protect themselves from exposure to excessive noise.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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