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
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
Dr. Daniel Fink writes about the elegant way Mumbai is solving its horn problem—the police hook up decibel meters to lights and if drivers honk their horns, the light remains red!
A tech solution to restaurant noise? Yes, but at a cost—$60k to $80k, to be exact. Or restaurateurs could engage in some cheap self-help and just turn down the music volume.
Popular Science looks at hidden hearing loss and provides an easy to understand primer on the disorder. Have a problem hearing in a noisy room? You need to read this.
Canary in a coal mine? Noise is a warning, says David Sykes, and we must do what we can now to make the world a quieter place.