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Noisy classrooms interfere with learning

Photo credit: Arthur Krijgsman by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies Natalie Wexler's recent article, “Elementary Classrooms Are Too Noisy for Kids to Learn,” was not surprising to me because my study demonstrating elevated train noise impaired reading scores of children in classrooms

More proof that noise affects children’s cognitive development

Photo credit: Aleksandar Pasaric by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition, and Honorary Chair, Quiet American Skies “Children who attend schools with more traffic noise show lower cognitive development,” reads the headline of an article reporting on a Barcelona Institute for Global Health study that was published in PLosMedicine.

Children and noise

Photo credit: sharyn morrow licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Our noise colleague Arline Bronzaft, PhD, wrote this wonderful essay for the Center for Hearing and Communication on the occasion of International Noise Awareness Day last month. Arline is truly a pioneer, recognized by the American Psychological Association

How loud is too loud?

Photo credit: Sora Shimazaki from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition How loud is too loud? An online site for high school students, Science News for Students, says that it’s either 75 decibels or 70 decibels. The article mentions The Quiet Coalition’s Jan Mayes by name, and cites two papers she and

Toddlers should fear some loud sounds

Photo credit: Monstera from Pexels by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist, Member, The Quiet Coalition I was horrified to read this article in Romper Toddler entitled, “Here’s when you should be concerned about your child’s fear of sound.” If parents follow the loud suggestions, they could cause permanent noise damage to their toddler’s hearing and

Finally, accurate information about protecting children’s hearing

Photo credit: Anthony Shkraba from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition The New York Times Wircutter finally has accurate information about protecting children’s hearing. This is great news. Unfortunately, it’s hard to find good information about protecting hearing, for adults and for children. The American Academy of Pediatrics still fails to provide

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