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by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

Our noise colleague, and Quiet Coalition co-founder, Arline Bronzaft, PhD, Professor Emerita at the City University of New York, will be giving a 3-session online course about noise in New York City next month.

The course will also cover the scientific evidence about the auditory and non-auditory health effects of noise.

New York City–“the city that never sleeps”–has long been one of the noisiest cities in the world, with noise noted as a problem in the early part of the twentieth century. Whatever New York and it’s citizens have learned about noise is probably relevant to anyone living in a large city.

As Dr. Bronzaft points out, there is a common feeling that individuals cannot make a difference about noise, but her experience and that of many others shows that if enough people advocate for quiet and engage with their elected officials, a quieter city is possible.