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

There is hope, I have seen it. But it does not come from the governments and corporations. It comes from the people.

– Greta Thunberg

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


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.

You can help us teach the world that hearing matters. Help our network of leaders educate communities.

A call for papers: Sound and the Healthy City

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

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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Rethinking sirens during the pandemic

Rethinking sirens during the pandemic

Dr. Arline Bronzaft writes about the omnipresent sirens blaring in New York City and wonders if post-pandemic legislation addressing siren volume may finally get enacted.

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