Exposing yourself to silence could be very good for your brain, says science

It’s long been said that noise is pollution. Research into just how bad sound is for our health is widespread, with countless studies from the 1960s onwards clearly showing a relationship between everyday exposure to noise and bad health. Those living near to airports, flight paths, or motorways live nosey lives, and the documented link between a bad night’s sleep, heart disease, heightened stress, high blood pressure, and, obviously enough, loss of hearing. In fact, sound and noise can be lethal. If it’s loud enough, say the shockwave of a bomb or the thump of a volcano erupting, the noise can level houses, shatter glass, rupture eardrums, or even kill you. Silence, on the other hand, is golden. Often misunderstood as just the absence of noise, nonpartisan non-noise that neither…


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