Dr. Sally Lusk weighs in on how exposure to traffic noise may increase the risk of heart attacks.
A news article published on MyHealthNewsDaily features comments by U-M School of Nursing Professor Emerita Dr. Sally Lusk. The article, “Heart Attacks More Likely Where Traffic Is Louder,” addresses the health hazard presented by noise pollution, an issue that has been central to Dr. Lusk’s highly-esteemed research career. Among other notable accomplishments, Dr. Lusk conducted the country's first large-scale, randomized clinical trials of interventions to promote the use of hearing protection among workers.
“85 decibels of noise is the level at which hearing protection starts to be required in the workplace,” said Dr. Lusk in the MyHealthNewsDaily article. “The rule of thumb to help to know when noise levels are too high is: if you have to raise your voice to be heard when speaking to someone who is three feet or less from you, the noise is loud enough to have negative effects on your body.”