As we've all spent more time at home than ever before, our neighbours are no longer strangers. Since lockdown started at the end of March, there's been an increase in noise complaints across the nation and as such, we've seen the sales of noise-cancelling headphones soar by 71%!

Noise-cancelling Headphones


Noises from neighbours


Following the surge in demand, we decided to survey 2,875 members of the British public on the worst noises they've had to put up with from their neighbours, and how this rise in noise pollution has impacted them.

The results show that the top ten worst noises heard from neighbours during lockdown are:

  1. Bad music choices
  2. Children playing
  3. Loud lovemaking
  4. Children crying
  5. Arguments
  6. Exercise
  7. Garden machinery/tools
  8. Dogs barking
  9. Constant talking
  10. Laughter

Other answers reveal that 9% of respondents have been disturbed by 'TikToks', 7% by 'singing' and 'snoring' and 3% by 'gaming'.

Noisy neighbours


Alongside the list of worst noises, we asked how noisy neighbours have impacted people's everyday lives. Nearly a fifth (18%) of people surveyed stated they have considered moving to escape their neighbours, and one in five (19%) have even had altercations about noise with them.

Cas Paton, founder and CEO of OnBuy said,

"Since the lockdown has started, most Brits have spent more time at home than ever before, and for many that's meant being exposed to their neighbours more. The nice weather has meant people are spending time in their garden as well, so it's no surprise that noise complaints have increased.

"Based on that, we thought it would be interesting to see what noises annoy people the most. Some of the noises are thankfully not ones I've heard from my neighbours personally, but I'm confident we can all relate to a few on the list. Hopefully people will try to be more thoughtful as a result of the findings, and if not, maybe noise-cancelling headphones will do the trick!"