Banging and crashing from neighbours is the most annoying noise nuisance, ... trends now
There is a special kind of irritation reserved for when the flat upstairs decides that 2am is a great time to start a bouncy home workout.
In fact, scientists have discovered that noise from your neighbours is more annoying than any other audible nuisance.
That's because they are generally short-duration 'impact sounds', like stomping feet and dropped objects, and their spontaneity makes them more irritating.
Scientists have discovered that noise from your neighbours is more annoying than any other audible nuisance (stock image)
For their study, researchers in Canada, Korea and Germany created a living room-like situation and recorded the sound of objects dropping and people walking. Study participants were then exposed to the sounds using loudspeakers, headphones and virtual reality headsets, and their level of irritation was reported
The government agency performed experiments to investigate the effect of different types of urban noise pollution on building occupants.
With the increased population density of urban areas over the last decades and the rise of working from home in early 2020, it is thought the problem will only get worse in the future without action.
In the last financial year, 450,000 noise complaints were made to councils across Britain, equating to one every 70 seconds, according to Churchill Home Insurance.
This is 10 per cent higher than before the pandemic in 2019 to 2020 - an increase of nearly 70,000 complaints in two years.
In the last financial year, 450,000 noise complaints were made to councils across Britain , equating one