RT Cunningham


Dealing with Noise Pollution where I Live in the Philippines

karaoke noise I recently wrote an article about noise pollution at another website and what I wrote is still true. There’s one thing, though, that I failed to mention. The number one cause of all the noise around here is the children.

Not all the time, of course. It’s mostly in the evening hours, after school and when the day starts cooling down. It was horrible when they were on their “summer” break because they were out there longer than when after the school days start.

Noise Pollution Problems

It doesn’t matter where you go and it doesn’t matter what country you’re in. The noise level will continue to increase in any given area until someone does something about it. When my wife and I had our house built, there was very little noise. Nine years have passed and you wouldn’t believe we still live in the same neighborhood if you compare the amount of noise back then and the amount of noise today.

If you put aside the usual daytime noise, you’re left with what the neighbors produce at night. It really doesn’t matter if it’s intentional or not. There’s a lot of construction going on during the day and unfortunately, it’s all within earshot. But it’s temporary.

My neighbors all think they own a gaming reserve and have several roosters in every yard. I’ve learned to tune them out or I would never fall asleep. The roosters crow at all hours of the night. I even tune out the barking dogs (mostly street dogs) unless they’re having a barking contest right in front of my house.

The things that wake me up at night are the motorcycles and the trikes (motorcycles with sidecars). Their mufflers leave a lot to be desired.

Noise Pollution Solutions

It’s unfortunate that the simplest solutions are usually the most expensive. I can’t do what I’d like to do without spending a lot of time and money. The return on my investment probably wouldn’t be as much as I’d like anyway.

Sound proofing my windows would be the best answer, but I would have to tear out the windows and start over. The best windows would be dual-pane or even triple-pane, but I can’t find those here. I would have to make my own.

The best solution I’ve found is by canceling out most of the noise. I play instrumental music on my laptop while I’m working on something – classical, modern classical and light jazz. Vocals distract me. The noise really doesn’t bother me if I’m watching a movie or some television episode. I just make sure my sound is louder than the sound coming from outside.

Dealing with all the Noise

As I just mentioned, I have most of the noise solved, including the children running up and down the street in front of my house screaming at each other. One thing I can’t do anything about is the karaoke noise when neighbors celebrate their birthdays. I can’t figure out why they want the entire neighborhood to hear their feeble attempts at being the next YouTube star (or something). When they get drunk, they all sound alike anyway.

I try to respect my neighbors. When we have parties, which include karaoke, we keep the volume level lower than anyone else and we quit earlier than they ever will. When they get started, I just have to bear it until they quit and sometimes that’s as late as three in the morning. It’s a good thing I’m retired and I don’t have to go to work or I’d have a lot of enemies.

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By RT Cunningham
June 15, 2015