Thomas Ramey Watson

The dangers of noise

Constant clamor from traffic, industry, construction, and more can take a serious toll on your heart health.

But here’s a quick $2 fix: earplugs.

Buy a pair, and pop ’em in whenever you find yourself surrounded by clam oring construction crews, mower-wielding landscapers,

or even noisy table neighbors at restaurants.

Results from studies in European cities reveal that chronic exposure to sound levels above 65 decibels — that’s equivalent to merely a loud c onversati

on — can be hard on the heart.

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