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The effects of noise on health

Photo credit: Loïc Manegarium by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Most people, most audiologists, and most doctors don’t know that noise has non-auditory health effects, but it does. The scientific evidence is ample and incontrovertible, and well known in Europe, even if that body of knowledge hasn’t crossed the Atlantic Ocean. That evidence

The effects of noise on health

Photo credit: See-ming Lee licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition Most people, most audiologists, and most doctors don’t know that noise has non-auditory health effects, but it does. The scientific evidence is ample and incontrovertible, and well-known in Europe, even if that body of knowledge hasn’t crossed the

Noise as a public health problem

Photo credit: Neil R licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition What’s the difference between a health problem and a public health problem? A health problem affects an individual, a patient. A public health problem affects populations, in communities. This editorial by me and Quiet Communities president, Jamie Banks, PhD,

Noise hurts the heart

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This article in Knowable Magazine describes, in a well written, easy-to-read, and scientifically accurate manner, how transportation noise hurts the heart. Basically, it causes a “fight-or-flight” stress reaction, with autonomic nervous system and neurohormonal responses. Epidemiology studies show increased heart attacks, strokes, and deaths in people living

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