Photo credit: Robert Aakerman
by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
I thought that Gal Beckerman’s essay, “The Case for Covering Your Ears in Noisy Times,” would be about the medical and scientific evidence for using hearing protection devices to prevent noise-induced hearing loss. But fortunately I was wrong. The wonderful essay and book review in the New York Times discusses the importance of being silent and of hearing silence in a noisy world.
Not speaking is part of many meditative religious and philosophical traditions, as is enforced silence.
But me? I’m not so extreme. All I want is a little more quiet!