Photo Gallery: Assaulted by Sound 10/04/2013
 Current laws and regulations on noise mitigation are "incapable of effectively...
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Current laws and regulations on noise mitigation are "incapable of effectively protecting the population," the German Medical Association concluded in 2012. The World Health Organization also believes that the German threshold values are much too high. As long ago as 1999, the WHO recommended that traffic in residential areas not be allowed to produce noise at levels higher than 45 decibels, and that no more than 30 decibels should penetrate into houses and apartments.