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
YOU CAN’T AFFORD HEARING LOSS!
Hearing loss is no joke – it may be the next big public health crisis according to a recent New Yorker article. According to a recent study, less than 40% of hearing disabled people work full-time.
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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.
Why is a Toronto study on commuter noise is relevant to New York City? Because their subway systems have a shared history, and Dr. Arline Bronzaft explains why.
Borrowing from denialist campaigns from the past, the FAA seeks “more research” despite clear evidence airplane noise is a health hazard.
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.
And from our Blog
NPR interviews David Owen on his new book about how noise is destroying our hearing. Owen sounds the alarm that we must correct our hearing now, or suffer hearing loss later.
The San Francisco Chronicle’s restaurant critic Soleil Ho writes about restaurant noise. She gets it mostly right, says Dr. Daniel Fink, except for one thing—restaurant noise is a disability rights issue.
Is Japan really the world’s noisiest country? David Sykes remembers being impressed with Japan’s quiet trains and stations and asks if Japan is considered loud, what about the U.S.?
Lindbergh Foundation interviews “The Ruth Bader Ginsburg of noise,” also know as The Quiet Coalition’s Dr. Arline Bronzaft.