by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Over the many years I have been involved with trying to lower the decibel level in our world, and many of my writings have focused on the growing din in urban communities. However, with respect to the situations in which I
Photo credit: UGA CAES/Extension licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 by Jan L. Mayes, MSc, Audiologist How loud are robot mowers? A New York Times article on reducing pollution emissions discusses increased focus on landscaping equipment like robot mowers to replace hazardous gas or fossil-fuel powered landscaping equipment. Jamie Banks, president of the nonprofit Quiet Communities,
Photo credit: Tom Leishman from Pexels by Arline L. Bronzaft, Ph.D., Board of Directors, GrowNYC, and Co-founder, The Quiet Coalition Early on during the pandemic I began to hear comments from people about the sounds that surrounded them. Some people told me how happy they were to hear birds sing rather than the airplane noise
The NY Times writes about how loud fitness classes are compromising instructors’ vocal cords. Dr. Fink thinks they should worry about their hearing, too, as should their students.
Pete Wells, the NY Times food critic, wrote of the 8 ways restaurants have changed in the past decade. Dr. Daniel Fink says there is one more way—restaurants have become much noisier.
The New York Times reports on the increase in construction noise in the city. Drs. Fink and Bronzaft suggest the city should put citizens’ need for a good night’s sleep before real estate developers’ desire for profits.
David Pogue writes about what people with disabilities would like us to know before we stare. Dr. Daniel Fink adds his thoughts about what people with invisible disabilities would like you to know.
How much time should you spend in nature each week? According to UK researchers the answer is two hours. why? No one is quite sure, but Dr. Daniel Fink thinks the absence of loud sound could be a clue.