Why Noise and Vibration are Important
- We have acute sense of both noise and vibration. Our ability to hear is critical for much of our communication;
- High levels of noise can lead to permanent hearing damage and high vibration can lead to a variety of significant medical conditions;
- At lower levels, both noise and vibration can cause interference with our ability to hear and feel, such as reducing the ease of normal conversation and can be annoying, irritating and unpleasant;
- For both noise and vibration there is generally a level below which no adverse reaction occurs;
- There are also favourable responses to noise and vibration;
- Individual responses to noise can vary significantly but there are consistent trends between noise level, measured in dB(A), and annoyance for the general public.
The Environment Protection Authority acknowledges the Tasmanian Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of lutruwita (Tasmania) and pays respect to their Elders, past and present.