Ah, the neverending quest for quiet dining. This time the location is Ashevill, NC, where writer Brook Randle focuses on the problem of restaurant noise.
A Harvard Medical School report says that unilateral hearing loss may affect brain processing of sound, and recommends treatment to prevent neural deficits.
London is looking for ways to quiet the Underground. Dr. Arline Bronzaft asks what too so long? Her 40+ years studying subway noise shows it not only disturbs those exposed to it, it’s also a sign of potential breakdown.
The New York Times reports on the increase in construction noise in the city. Drs. Fink and Bronzaft suggest the city should put citizens’ need for a good night’s sleep before real estate developers’ desire for profits.
Joel Pavelski, GQ, writes about his month-long sound fast—no podcasts, no music, no YouTube videos. And he found his brain lit up with possibilities when it wasn’t distracted.
The Apple Watch noise app test shows accuracy within 1%. But you don’t have to spend $1000 to know if it’s too loud—if it sounds too loud, it is too loud!
Fall is leaf blower season, sadly. Dr. Daniel Fink revisits an article in CityLab that sums up our dislike leaf blowers. Quiet alternatives exist. Hand us a rake, please!
Dr. Daniel Fink writes about Kathy Peck, a musician who suffered hearing loss while performing, who has dedicated her life to helping others preserve their hearing.