Many studies have demonstrated the impact of noise on physical and mental well-being. One very comprehensive study by the World Health Organization looked at many potential health problems, including stress and mental and physiological problems. Socio-economic factors also contribute to stress, which makes it difficult to isolate the impact of noise. While noise definitely contributes to stress, irritability, and hypertension, or high blood pressure, we cannot conclusively say that it causes it.
There are many causes of stress. If you are suffering from stress, you should see a medical professional. Stress can be reduced simply by reducing exposure to noise. It may be worth trying earplugs or ear muffs if you suffer from stress due to excessive or unpleasant noise in your environment.References
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