Photo credit: Justin Doub licensed under CC BY 2.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist The North Carolina State Fair will be more inclusive this year by offering an accessABILITY Day during the 10-day event. The goal is to limit sensory overload so that more people can attend the fair. This could include people with
Photo credit: Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Headphones using the industrial-strength 85 decibel (dB) sound level as a volume limit are not safe for hearing. They may be safer than headphones without a volume limit, that can put out 100-125 dB sound, but they are by no means
Photo credit: Max Fischer from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Over forty years ago I conducted a study that demonstrated that children in classrooms located near elevated subway tracks in Upper Manhattan, who were exposed to train noise from passing trains every four and a
Photo credit: IXQUICK licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This health column from the University of Kentucky communications office discusses protecting children’s hearing. They chose this topic because May is Better Hearing and Speech Month, sponsored by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The advice is not new but is sound.
Photo credit: Alexander Dummer from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition The Quiet Coalition’s Arline Bronzaft, PhD, recently wrote about a website in Japan that allows people to report noisy locations, including noisy children. Dr. Bronzaft has a lot of experience with noise complaints, having served five New York City mayors and
Photo credit: Máximo from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Over the past thirty years, many New Yorkers have contacted me at GrowNYC to assist with their noise complaints. A large number of these complaints deal with neighbor to neighbor noise intrusions, with some complaints focused
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.
Kids learn about noise and classroom learning from the experts. And The Quiet Coalition’s Dr. Arline Bronzaft hopes the lessons learned will encourage kids to reduce noise.