If only we all liked the same sounds - and at the same time - life would be so much simpler. But we don't. When it comes to the everyday sounds of a busy neighbourhood, we have different lifestyles, different tastes and different tolerances. What's music to your ears could well be 'that awful row' to your neighbour; nocturnal vacuuming may suit your lifestyles, but it's giving the person in the flat below sleepless nights; and your dog barking after you've left for work is slowly driving the young mother next door crazy.
Repetitive noise, day-in day-out, can lead to stress and make life miserable, especially for the housebound and those with health problems.
If you can hear the stereo being played upstairs, chances are your neighbour can hear it too. Some noise is unavoidable - but there are simple ways to avoid disturbing others and positive steps you can take if you're fed up suffering in silence.
Why Noise is a Problem?
There is evidence that people are becoming more concerned about noise. There are a number of possible reasons for this. People have different sensitivities and expectations. While many of us have more time to pursue varied leisure interests, we don't always stop to think about what impact out activities are having on others.
But remember that the problem isn't always one of inconsiderate behaviour. Even homes that have reasonably good sound insulation may not cope with powerful modern stereos and other mod cons that can make life comfortable for us, but uncomfortably noisy for others.
The Council receive a large number of complaints regarding noise from Tyneside flats, which are present in high numbers in the North East of England. The age and construction of Tyneside flats, and the fact that occupiers are surrounded by neighbours to the side and upstairs/downstairs, means that there is a higher likelihood of noise being transmitted between properties. Residents of Gateshead living in Tyneside flats should be aware of this issue and pay particular attention to the tips on How to be a considerate neighbour. Also refer to the "What can I do if noise is bothering me?" page.
We all make noise but awareness is the key to making sure your noise is not the problem for others.