Photo credit: Sound On from Pexels by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist (Retired) It’s encouraging to see a recent university news article on the danger of hearing damage from personal listening with earbuds or headphones. Unfortunately, it shares the myth that our ears adapt to loud volumes. It’s true many people with noise-induced hearing damage
Image credit: Asmaa Hamed Abdel-Maksoud licensed under CC BY 4.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition When I was a boy I was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s marvelous Guggenheim Museum to want to become an architect. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any talent in drawing or design, and became a doctor instead. But I
Photo credit: NASA's Langley Research Center by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This report on NewAtlas discusses NASA research on a quiet airplane wing. The research uses a wind tunnel and a model airplane to determine the effects of new designs on noise. As the report notes, people usually think of jet engine
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Am I surprised to read that NASA’s Mars rover, when it landed on Mars, brought “grinding, clanking, banging” to this planet? The answer is a resounding “No.” After all, having brought noise pollution to planet Earth in huge
Photo credit: Olaf Arndt licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This article in the current issue of Acoustics Today discusses electric vehicle noises, which are mandatory in the U.S. to alert blind and visually impaired pedestrians of approaching electric vehicles. Apparently an early study showed increased pedestrian accidents
Image courtesy of Airbus by David M. Sykes, Vice Chair, The Quiet Coalition One hundred and twenty years ago, two Ohio bicycle makers, the Wright Brothers, founded the aircraft industry by developing the world’s first motorized airplane. Now the technology leadership of that industry is lifting off for the EU, where the multi-national EADS (Airbus)
Dr. Daniel Fink writes about this holiday season’s list of loudest toys to avoid. One major issue is there is no evidenced-based noise exposure levels for children, so if a toy sounds too loud, then assume it is too loud.
David Sykes writes about the latest episode of the Freakonomics podcast, which focuses on noise and features TQC’s Dr. Arline Bronzaft. He says it’s a must listen!