One person’s music is another person’s noise

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sharing is great expect when you’re in traffic at a red light, or outside on a nice day and what’s being shared is someone else’s loud music.

In Picayune, residents don’t have much noise pollution to worry about except when their neighbor or someone driving through the city decides to blast their car audio and thoroughly annoy around them.

Not everyone has the same taste in music and the last thing anyone wants to hear disruptive, loud music.

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Except for the train that passes a few times a day, Picayune and Pearl River County are pretty quiet places until someone comes along blaring music through the neighborhood.

Even if the windows are rolled up on the car, the blaring noise and vibrations can still be heard and felt by the surrounding cars.

Even if you’re two or three spots away from the offending, the sound is still jarring.

The noise is not only disturbing to those outside the offending vehicle, it is harmful to driver and passengers.

According to the American Academy of Audiology, more than 30 minutes of exposure to decibel levels between 90 and 110 decibels can cause hearing damage. Being exposed to 120 decibels for more than 30 seconds can also cause damage.

The American Academy of Audiology said custom car stereos at full volume produce 140 decibels, which is the same level that fireworks and gunshots produce.

Even if the person in a neighboring car or near the car blaring music and is not being exposed to the full volume, it is still annoying.

It can also be aggravating for anyone who is looking for a peaceful moment in an otherwise busy day.

So help keep the county and city a quiet place and turn down the stereo.