The sounds of the environment can do good or drive you to the brink of a nervous breakdown – this is how sounds can calm yourself

Silence is a delicious word. Many say they miss it, but what do they miss then?

The one who longs for silence often has a need to get somewhere where there is no need to listen to the sounds produced by others or where there are specifically good-doing, pleasant sounds. It can be a desire to get rid of the sounds of work, people’s messages, the pain of the world of news, and maybe even the noise of social media.

Silence takes care of even at home

The need for silence cannot be explained by the hectic modern way of life, as it has been needed in writings from the 27th century before the beginning of time. Even then, they wanted to escape the voices of other people and needed peace of mind.

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Many seek silence from nature, the cottage beach or elsewhere outside the cities. However, it can also be found among others, for example in libraries where one can sense concentration. It has been agreed together that Cell Phones will not beep or chat aloud. Silence is shared and valuable.

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No need to navigate the woods. One can just press the pause key of the fuss and withdraw from the social patterns to the “silent”. Silence takes care of even at home. You sit on the couch and do crafts, the cat spins next to you and the minutes go by themselves. Absences and responsibilities are absent.

The voice has a story

People are especially relaxed by the sounds of nature and music. The hum of the wind in the trees, the lapping of the water, or the ripples of the calm sea can lower the level of stress in the same way as pleasant music.

The sounds of nature are not just about sound waves. The listener combines sounds with a pleasant landscape, smells and other elements of nature – the whole is soothing.

In the experimental situation, people were played with a sound resembling the sounds of nature, but some of the sound was said to come from technical devices. Although the voice was the same for everyone, it only had a positive effect on those who interpreted it as the voice of nature.

Music, on the other hand, relaxes at least before a nervous, exciting situation and restores mental effort afterwards. Music listeners were less stressed than those who found themselves in a demanding situation without the opportunity to listen to music before or after the challenge.

Sound is not just a physiologically influential signal. What matters is what meanings are associated with it, what kind of memories or memories. They give the voice a storyline.

Communication or aesthetics?

The soundscape can be viewed in terms of both communication and aesthetics.

There is something in a stressful soundscape that interferes with communication; communication is cumbersome because there are too many sounds, they come in the wrong volume and cannot be controlled by yourself. The soundscape can be ugly, beautiful, or something in between – like music. In doing good
there is predictability, the sounds stand out from each other and come with a force appropriate to your own ear.

Everyone has an idea of ​​what kind of landscape or music is beautiful and produces enjoyment. Unpredictable loud and loud noises are considered particularly annoying. They shake the central nervous system, and the production of stress hormones begins. The stimulus destabilizes the sense of security and inadvertently causes vigilance.

Home peace breaks when a cry from a neighbor rattles in the ear. The alarm sound surprises other than its volume; need help somewhere? Should I react or escape?

Low pounding sounds are also scary or annoying, like bass in a passing car.

Life shapes sounds

When Finns’ memories of soundscapes have been collected for research use, touching stories have been obtained. The Lord from Central Finland said that he had lived all his life in a small town along the truck route. Sometimes the sound of trucks sounded loud, even though he was used to it as part of everyday life.

Now the route is quiet, the youth has moved to bigger cities and the sounds of trucks are a thing of the past. Silence haunts. There are no sounds of life. The meanings of sounds change over time. What was nice when I was young may not be in my sixties. The attitude towards the sound source has changed.

Life accumulates sensory information in our bodies. Everyone can think about what kind of abilities it is to act in any sound environment. People of the same age can enjoy different environments.

With age, hearing usually deteriorates. That makes it uncomfortable to be in a noise. If you can’t hear another’s speech, it’s annoying. On the other hand, even loud sounds should not be withdrawn if they have a beloved sound. Motorcyclists, for example, tone up the sounds of their vehicles. They hear the roar of the engine to see if all is well. It is a soundscape competence, the ability to pick up appropriate sounds and act on them.

Nice sounds from your own woods

Appropriate voice is naturally related to and supports one’s own actions. When you focus on listening to the sound of a problem float thrown on the surface of the water, the giggle that appears on the same waves on a jet ski is annoying.

Unless the heir is your child from whom you don’t want to deny him or her important pleasure. Then it is appropriate for the teenager to enjoy the summer landscape.

We learn to react negatively to sounds that interfere with concentration or worry. If you believe that sound is doing bad, you will easily become even more sensitive to it. The rumble of rails created by the tram is starting to make it harder to fall asleep because insomnia is scary.

If one begins to fear the health effects of a wind turbine, its rumble will begin to sound even more pronounced and take peace of mind. Anxiety makes sound emotional, and negative things capture attention more easily than positive ones. A negative circle is created in which the negative experience is only reinforced.

That is why it is worthwhile to consciously seek out the voices that make your life good and, if possible, to resolutely rule out distractions.
Depending on the job, it can be successful even during the work day.

Trim alarms if possible

The Occupational Safety and Health Act contains precise regulations on noise that endangers hearing. However, even in quieter open-plan offices, noise is also affected. The voices of the people intersect the landscape filled with ventilation noise, where the keys sing and the lights squeak.

Interference sounds affect the ability to concentrate and an effort must be made to keep thoughts together. Researched the most disturbing speech of others.

A cover sound is recommended for open-plan offices. It’s a ventilation-like hum that evens out the separation of speech sounds from the rest of the world of sound. It may sound strange, but the more steady the background noise, the fewer complaints about the noise.

Try new sound worlds

Together, ways to prevent annoying audio use can also be agreed upon. You can do something for yourself if your job description allows for headphones. They give you their own sound worlds as well as silence, especially with anti-noise headphones. The cacophony of the day can be reset with silence or pleasant sounds. You should try new sound worlds. The sounds of nature can even be found on YouTube.

It would be worth taking more active responsibility for the sound environment. It even starts in the yard of the housing association: while painting the swings, their hinges are also greased.

Experts: Annu Haapakangas, researcher and psychologist, Turku University of Applied Sciences. Meri Kytö, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Tampere. Chairman in the company of Finnish acoustic ecology.

This article has appeared in Good Health magazine. As a subscriber, you can read all numbers free of charge from the service.

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