Noisy neighbours have made the lives of more than a third of Britons miserable, a new survey has found.
According to the survey by insulation manufacturer Rockwool, loud music and televisions are the biggest causes of disturbance while other irritants for neighbours include parties, children and wooden floors.
The survey revealed that for many people the problem is so severe in some areas that it risks sparking violence.
Householders revealed during the survey that they had already been involved in physical fights with neighbours following complaints about noise.
Rockwool is using the findings to support its calls for better building controls in new-build homes to help to curb the problem.
However, house builders said tough standards were already in place.
"Domestic noise pollution is not just an urban nuisance, the problem of noisy neighbours is rapidly becoming the scourge of suburbia," the Telegraph quoted Hans Schreuder, the managing director of Rockwool, as saying.
"Living with persistent noise can be very debilitating, increasing stress levels and leaving people feeling like prisoners in their own homes.
"We are calling for greater enforcement by environmental health officers to address the problem of nuisance noise.
"It is important that new buildings are built in accordance with strict building regulations with regard to noise penetration and rigorous testing is conducted to ensure compliance," Schreuder added.