David Sykes writes that experts envision post-COVID cities without noise and pollution. But can cities stay cleaner and quieter post lockdown?
If you have joined protests recently, you know the police are using low flying helicopters and flash-bang devices. Both can hurt year ears, so please bring ear plugs with you when you go.
Buildings are noisy because architects don’t study sound, writes David Sykes. Few think about acoustic design, leaving us beautiful spaces that are uncomfortable and unwelcoming.
Dr. Daniel Fink points us to an article on hidden hearing loss that he says is a good primer about the condition, which makes it impossible for people to understand speech in noisy environments.
David Sykes wondered if anyone would take advantage of the pandemic-induced quiet for research purposes and was happy to hear about this young biologist studying birds and noise.
Gordon Hempton launches Quiet Parks International, and The Quiet Coalition’s co-founder, Dr. Arline Bronzaft, will serve on the group’s advisory board.
Dr. Arline Bronzaft writes about the importance of reducing urban noise, noting that research shows that urban dwellers are suffering from the harmful effects of noise.
Dr. Daniel Fink writes about the problem people with hearing loss are having in the age of coronavirus—masks interfere with understanding speech.