Ambient Sound

NEIGHBORHOOD AMBIENT SOUND MAP

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SOUND

The sound pressure levels associated with a given environment. Ambient noise is usually a composite of sounds from near and far sources none of which are particularly dominant. It is the level of total noise in an area.

AMBIENT SOUND

An Ambient Sound is an acoustic summary of whatever encloses the listener, though it does so unintentionally. the main difference between music and ambient sound lies in the individual’s choice of what kind of music to listen to, as opposed to the lack of agency one has in being exposed to noises around oneself.

SIGNIFICANCE

It is generally accepted that a quiet and peaceful environment is desired for residential areas. When planning such spaces one must make sure that residents are provided with such an environment. Spaces which are noisy or have sustained loud noise can cause deafness and/or psychological problems to residents. For creating a quality of life index, measuring the noise levels of a place is a obvious requirement.

AMBIENT SOUND MAP FOR LANE 15, PRABHAT ROAD AND VICINITY

AMBIENT SOUND QUALITY STANDARDS

sound quality standards

One can see that most of the ward falls well within the safe sound zone except at major road intersections as indicated by the red and orange contours

ANALYSIS

OUTCOME: The neighborhood is safe in terms of ambient sound pollution but with some areas of risk

% AREA UNDER HARMFUL SOUND LEVELS: 20.8%

AVERAGE SOUND LEVEL OF AREA: 51dB

sound analysis

STRESS DUE TO UNHEALTHY AMBIENT SOUND

Noise pollution is the disturbing excessive noise that may harm the activity or balance of human/animal life. The source of most outdoor noise worldwide is mainly caused by machines and transportation systems,vehicles etc.Industrial and residential buildings can also result in noise pollution.High noise levels can contribute to cardiovascular effects and permanent hearing loss in humans.It affects both health and behaviour of a person by causing hypertension, anxiety,sleep disturbances and headaches.

HOW SOUND POLLUTION AFFECTS QUALITY OF LIFE

sound stresses

PROBLEM AREAS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

problemareas

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS

    1. Ban Honking on the streets.
    2. Create artificial sound barriers.
    3. Create natural sound barriers.
    4. Better traffic management practices.