The\u00a0World Health Organization\u00a0defines noise as \u201cunwanted sound\u201d and it\u2019s everywhere \u2014 from road traffic to air conditioning units to iPads, toys, and other devices.\nNoise pollution refers to excessive community noise, which has been shown to have negative effects on children\u2019s brains. A study of U.S. children between the ages of 6 and 19 had impaired hearing. Toys, music players, tablets, and other devices played at high volumes may contribute to this.\nCognitive Effects of Noise Pollution on Kids\nChildren are particularly susceptible to the effects of loud, constant noise. Children exposed to consistent noise \u2014 whether from devices, school, or living near an airport or busy highway \u2014 have more trouble with tasks at school. A study found that reading attention, problem-solving, and memory are most affected.\nExposure also affects speech perception and listening. Kids with language or attention disorders struggle even more with these effects. Environmental noise, such as living near an airport, and hearing loss can impair a child\u2019s speech development as well.\nEven quieter sounds can hinder children\u2019s focus when the noise isn\u2019t related to the task at hand. These softer sounds, such as hallway noise or side conversations in classrooms, can reduce\u00a0children\u2019s short-term memory. Overall, research has found that children need quieter environments for learning than adults.\nWays to Improve Focus and Reduce Noise\nContinuous environmental noise can also affect the emotional and physical well-being of children. The good news is that kids recover from short-term exposures. You may not have much control over what\u2019s outside, but you can take some quiet trips or make changes at home to help improve your child\u2019s focus.\nChanges at home\nTake a quick audit of your home. Think about noisy appliances. Is your washing machine or dishwasher loud? Avoid running these during homework times, or close the door to the rooms if possible to mute the sounds.\nIf you live in a noisy area \u2014 near an airport or on a busy road \u2014 try ways to soundproof your home. Add rugs to the floor or an extra layer of curtains over the windows. Replace your windows if possible.\nWatch the volume on electronics. Turn the TV off when not in use. Keep the volume as low as possible on TVs, computers, tablets, and music players. Keep headphone volumes low, too. These will all help protect your child\u2019s ears. Keep all electronics off when completing homework or studying.\nLeave the house\nSometimes it may help just to get away. Head to the library after school to help your child study for a big test or complete a project. Go to the park or a quiet outdoor area to give both your brain and your child\u2019s a chance to recover from the noisy work or school day.\nIf you find your child is struggling to pay attention in school, talk with his or her teacher or school counselor about options to create a quieter learning environment.