Noise Pollution is generally associated with industrial settings where noise levels are monitored and controlled in order to protect workers from hearing loss. However, noise pollution is always present and this form of environmental pollution can cause more negative health effects than just a loss of hearing. This study focuses on defining noise pollution and identifying the various negative effects that noise can have on an individual. The study also looks at whether factory-installed car stereos can reach dangerous noise levels, and, if so, whether average drivers listen to their radios at levels that could cause negative health effects. The study finds that unmodified factory-installed car stereos can reach dangerous noise levels of on average 97.54 decibels at the maximum volume setting levels. However, the average study subjects listened to their radios at much lower levels, approximately 70.5 decibels.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2016


D. Gary Brown

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Environmental Health Science

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Restricted Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Environmental Health Science

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