Environmental noise is a public health
problem that can cause and exacerbate hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis, which affect approximately 48 million Americans. Environmental noise has also been implicated in non-auditory
health effects including high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, learning and cognition, and exacerbation of autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression. Chronic noise exposure is also associated with the development of insulin resistance and an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
affects approximately 22 million U.S. workers each year, and roughly $242 million
is spent annually on workers' compensation for hearing loss disability. The
cost to society of hearing loss in older Americans is estimated to be $297,000
per person, and much of that hearing loss is preventable.
contact your senators and urge them to co-sponsor S.3385, the Quiet Communities
Act of 2018, legislation that would help improve the health of all Americans by supporting federal, state and local programs, improving standard setting and funding research to reduce environmental noise.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a constituent and public health advocate, I write to urge you to cosponsor S. 3385, the Quiet Communities Act of 2018, which was introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. This legislation would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to reestablish an Office of Noise Abatement and Control to improve the health of all Americans by supporting federal, state and local programs, improving standard setting and funding research to reduce environmental noise.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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