People are bombarded by noise every day. Sometimes it’s loud and inescapable, like the sound of construction happening outside your window, and other times it’s quiet, like the hum of a fan that fades into the background. Either way, unwanted noise is stressful, and most people have limited opportunities to be in a quiet space and truly unwind.
Psychiatrist and scientist Mathias Basner studies how noise negatively affects our health in ways that extend beyond the auditory component. In his work, he draws connections between noise exposure and an array of health issues ranging from poor sleep to cardiovascular disease.
Tune in to Mathias’s 2018 TEDMED Talk to learn more about the many things we can do on both an individual and societal level to better protect ourselves from noise and to foster the health benefits of silence.
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