Sound notifications for mobile tech are seen as an opportunity for apps to brand themselves. A horrifying prospect for those of us who wouldn’t mind a little peace and quiet.
Complementing David Owen’s article in The New Yorker on noise pollution is this video that discusses why noise pollution is more dangerous than we realize.
Two thumbs up for noise-canceling headphones. Dr. Daniel Fink says they’re bulky, another thing to pack, and less than comfortable, but he won’t travel without them.
The New Yorker asks: Is noise the next big public health crisis? Writer David Owen addresses the question with the help of several Quiet Coalition founders.
Restaurant noise is in the news again, and the verdict is that it makes the experience of eating out less pleasant for everyone, not just the hearing impaired.
Dr. Fink is glad Consumer Reports focuses on noise and health, but asks why they cite an occupational exposure level as appropriate for the general public.
Researchers have discovered why we temporarily hear muffled sound after a loud noise. While the muffled hearing will usually go away, the damage caused to hearing is permanent.
Leaf blower hazards include deafening noise levels of 100 dB or more and may include carcinogenic exhaust. If the government won’t act, maybe litigation will compel change.