Calling noise a nuisance is like calling smog an inconvenience. Noise must be considered a hazard to the health of people everywhere.

– U.S. Surgeon General William H. Stewart (1978)

There has never been a well-organized constituency for noise control similar to interest groups supporting other types of environmental protection.

– Sidney A. Shapiro PhD.

We formed the Quiet Coalition to give one voice to the growing public health problem of environmental noise. We are united in urging governments in America to consider recent and past scientific findings on the health effects of noise. Only changes in public policy can generate the change we need for a quieter and healthier world.

– The Founders

The rich and powerful have all kinds of weapons to make the country and the government just the way they want it. And the rest of us? All we’ve got are our voices and our votes, and the only way those have any strength is if we use them together and aim them perfectly. 

– Senator Elizabeth Warren

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

– Margaret Mead

Blindness separates people from things;
deafness separates people from people.

— Helen Keller



A call for papers: Sound and the Healthy City

Dr. Antonella Radicchi is lead editor for a special issue of Cities & Health that will address the topic of city sounds and health. Click here to learn how you can submit an original contributions for the issue.

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Urban Quiet Areas are Vital to Public Health

Dr. Antonella Radicchi outlines her novel mixed-methodology approach to identifying, assessing, and planning “everyday quiet areas” in cities. Read about her approach and the effort to protect existing quiet areas and plan for new ones.

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A new insight into hearing

New research shows how a think layer in the cochlea helps humans pick out one voice among many. The findings could lead to better hearing aids. That’s great, but preventing hearing loss is better.

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Preserving the rainforest’s soundtrack

Researchers believe that recording a rainforest’s soundtrack could help preserve it. Click here to learn about bioacoustics and how this burgeoning field hopes to save the world’s rainforests.

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Protecting children’s hearing

Protecting children’s hearing requires preventing exposure to loud sound. Start them young with ear muffs, and don’t give in to their pleas for headphones—you can’t monitor the sound volume if you can’t hear it!

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