On the flip side, sound can be used for good. Many of us use our listening skills to top up our wellness, whether that’s a run with our favourite Spotify playlist, an audiobook before bed or the sound of crashing ocean waves on a meditation app to relax. Those who’ve tried sound baths, with noise from various percussion instruments, can also testify to the feeling of relaxation and contentment afterwards. And, as a 2017 report, Well Workplace: Making Spaces Human Again, from property experts Cushman and Wakefield points out, “Spaces can also be too quiet, and not all sound is unwanted. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that certain soundscapes, such as more natural, rather than urban ones, can be restorative.”
A number of other different types of sound have been known to produce positive effects. These include classical music, which is said to reduce blood pressure according to a 2016 study which involved a group of people listening to either Mozart or Strauss for 25 minutes per day, plus Swedish research from as far back as 2002 pointing to a positive link between humming and sinus problems.