The cities with the worst noise pollution

When you think about pollution you probably imagine a smog-filled city, or an ocean choking on plastic.

But pollution extends beyond what’s in the air and the water. Noise pollution, the noise we live with every day, is a growing problem, and it’s affecting our hearing.

Unsurprisingly, noise pollution is particularly bad in cities. A recent study found that Guangzhou in China had the worst noise pollution, while Zurich in Switzerland had the least.

The Worldwide Hearing Index was created by digital hearing app founders Mimi Hearing Technologies GmbH. They analysed the hearing test results of 200,000 of their users.

They combined their results with data on noise pollution from the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as from SINTEF, a Norwegian-based research organization, and used it to plot noise pollution in 50 different cities.

Motorcycle couriers lane split between cars in Sao Paulo September 6, 2012. Dying at the rate of three per day, according to official statistics, Sao Paulo's approximately 200,000 registered motorcycle couriers, nicknamed either motoboys or mad dogs, are the terror of drivers. Motoboys in the city bully drivers into giving them the right of way as they race along the corridors formed between the rows of vehicles stuck in heavy traffic, making them their exclusive high speed corridors. Picture taken September 6, 2012. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY TRANSPORT) - RTR3BHS3

SE Asia is in the well represented with 9 cities in the worst top 20, lot’s to improve !

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Typical sources of noise pollution are transport, such as road, rail and air traffic, construction and industry, and radios and televisions blaring in shops, restaurants and bars.

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The cities with the worst noise pollution

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