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Noise and health: “You can see the consequences of noise in the brain and on the blood vessels”

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Noise and health: “You can see the consequences of noise in the brain and on the blood vessels”

What happens to your body when you live in approach paths or on noisy streets? This is what Thomas Münzel is researching with his working group at the Mainz University Hospital. What he found in the vessels of young people or in mouse brains – and what political consequences he demands.

TIME ONLINE: Mr. Münzel, it is obvious that noise can damage hearing. However, our data research shows that noise also causes hundreds of new cases of heart disease every year in some German cities. How can that be?

Thomas Münzel: The connection is a little more complicated than with hearing. There, a particularly loud noise, for example the noise of a jackhammer, damages the sensory cells in the inner ear, and we then hear worse. Continuous noise at lower intensities, on the other hand, damages health indirectly, through stress reactions.

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