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In 2011, the World Health Organization tried to quantify its health burden in Europe. It concluded that the 340 million residents of western Europe—roughly the same population as that of the United States—annually lost a million years of healthy life because of noise. It even argued that 3,000 heart disease deaths were, at their root, the result of excessive noise.

http://nautil.us/issue/16/nothingness/this-is-your-brain-on-silence

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About Eric Sandy

Graduate of Ohio U's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Staff writer for Cleveland Scene magazine.
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