A New Report Suggests, Natural Sounds May Have a Positive Influence on Human Health

Apr, 2021 - by CMI


Researchers from Carleton University, Michigan State University, and Colorado State University, working with the US National Park Service, discovered that the sounds of nature are not only relaxing, however, it could have a host of health benefits for humans – although discovering them isn't always straightforward.

According to a metastudy of 36 publications, nature vibrations are not only beneficial to budding Shelleys and Wordsworths, however, they can also be beneficial to people's welfare. The majority of the experiments looked at were conducted in a lab or hospital environment, and those researchers came from 11 different countries. Listeners showed better health, reduced discomfort, improved mood, enhanced cognitive efficiency, increased positive feelings, and lower stress and frustration in places where there are high levels of natural sounds and low artificial sounds, according to a recent metastudy led by Rachel Buxton of Carleton University, which examined sound recordings from 251 locations in 66 US national parks. Furthermore, different sounds have different effects, with water sounds appearing to be the most effective in enhancing healthy feelings and health benefits, while bird sounds assisted participants in overcoming tension and frustration.

The research is a counterpoint to the well-known issue of noise emissions. Many sounds associated with modern industrial culture can cause discomfort, tension, and even harm one's wellbeing, according to a new report, natural sounds can have the opposite impact. The issue is that these sound sets aren't well differentiated. In this national parks, which include over 84 million acres in the United States, finding places where natural sounds are quiet, it can be challenging. However, the park service is working to minimize noise and preserve soundscapes as well as natural flora and fauna, especially near cities with heavy tourist traffic, by creating sound walks for listening and urging visitors to be silent.