JASA, the international journal of record in acoustical science, looks at the world-wide natural experiment in sudden quiet brought on by the pandemic.
April 29 is International Noise Awareness Day, and Dr. Daniel Fink wonders if people worldwide will focus on listening now that lockdowns have resulted in dramatic reductions in noise.
Yet another Earth Day has passed, but this one marked by silence and solitude. David Sykes wonders if the silence wrought by the pandemic will open environmentalists’ ears to the dangers of noise.
Dr. Daniel Fink writes about Paige Tower’s interesting essay on how New York City’s noise worsened her anxiety, and how a move to a place closer to nature’s sounds helped her regain her calm.
An unintended consequence—the pandemic is making the air cleaner, quieter, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft. Stay at home orders are causing cleaner air and less noise.
One consequence of the pandemic is that the world is getting quieter, writes Dr. Daniel Fink. He points us to work showing low frequency noise created by humans has decreased as people stay home.