Hearing loss down on the farm?

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition This piece on Agriculture.com discusses noise-induced hearing loss. We city dwellers think of the countryside as being quiet, but that’s not correct for those who grow or raise the food we eat. As writer Lisa Foust Prater puts it, “[g]rain dryers, tractors, combines, livestock, chain saws and

Are we becoming acoustic refugees?

Photo credit: Gustavo Fring from Pexels by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition When I sent one of my noise colleagues a draft post about the Discover article on how human noise overwhelms natural sea soundscapes for comment and correction, mentioning quiet places in the ocean as acoustic refuges, he read my email on

Earplugs aren’t necklaces

Photo credit: Wendy Wei from Pexels by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist A recent article in the IRN Post warns of hearing difficulties caused by loud music exposure at concerts. It starts off well by identifying the 70 dB noise limit. But the discussion switches to ≥85 dB noise as the main danger, as if

Purple marks Disability Rights

Image courtesy of #WeThe15 by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition On August 19, more than 125 monuments around the world were bathed in purple light to recognize the worlds’ 1.2 billion people living with disabilities. This article from NPR states that at least 15% of the world’s population is living with a disability.

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