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From The Quiet Coalition

Humans and our animal ancestors before us evolved in quiet, as shown by this noise map prepared by the U.S. National Park Service.

Average sound levels range from 20 to 40 A-weighted decibels at most. (A-weighting reflects sounds as heard by the human ear, under-weighting lower frequency sounds.)

We didn’t evolve to tolerate loud noise, nor to adapt to it.

With that in mind, we wish you a peaceful, prosperous, happy, and quiet New Year.