International Noise Awareness Day (INAD), April 25, 2018

INAD aims to raise awareness of the effects of noise on the health and welfare of individuals and populations worldwide. It was founded in 1996 by the Center of Hearing and Communication (CHC).

This year, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is inviting everyone to participate in INAD 2018 for the entire month of April!

1. Take sound level measurements!

  • Download the SoundPrint App to review noise levels of restaurants (iOS only, see resources below for Android alternative app iHEARu).
  • You can use the decibel meter to measure the venue’s loudness and submit (crowdsource) it for the community to see!
  • SoundPrint measures the approximate decibel level and is not a replacement for a professional sound level measuring device
  • Watch 2 how-to videos: https://www.soundprint.co/how-to-use-app/

2. Read scientific research about crowdsourcing sound level measurements.

BONUS!

3. Watch the movie “In Pursuit of Silence.”

4. Join ASA for a YouTube live stream on INAD, April 25, 2018

Thank you to everyone who joined us live!

  • Expert panel of acousticians will discuss all things related to noise!
  • 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
  • Subscribe and click the bell icon to get a notification when our YouTube stream starts
  • Leave questions and comments for our experts below or tweet using #ASAINAD2018

10 Comments

  1. There are some noise regulations in my city, but I think they’re pretty much only about music at house parties. Do other places have better noise policies in place? What are they based on? It seems like noise complaints are just that, complaints and there isn’t much to do about it.

  2. I’ve had ringing in my ears before, but it doesn’t last. Does that mean I’ve had tinnitus and it just went away? What causes tinnitus?

  3. What’s the loudest sound possible and what is the loudest sound a person can hear before damaging their ears?

  4. Can I soundproof my apartment by hanging carpets and blankets on the walls?

  5. Can noise cause other symptoms beside hearing loss? Like, I’ve gotten a headache before after being in a loud place.

  6. Is it possible to completely sound proof something so no sound gets in or out?

  7. I’m sure the noise pollution that humans make can be bad for animals, but are there examples where the noise that animals make is bad for humans?

  8. Since dogs have better hearing than us, are loud sounds more dangerous for them?

  9. Even if I damage my hearing, can’t I just get hearing aids or a cochlear implant to fix it?

  10. A lot of people are impacted by noise in their environment. Yet public awareness about acoustics is still fairly low. How can we increase engagement and make prevention or solutions known by the general public? For example, there was a time when people were unaware of second-hand smoke or trans fats, too — and now it’s understood by a wide range of the population.

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Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft

Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft is a Professor Emerita of the City University of New York and serves on the Board of GrowNYC, overseeing its noise activities (www.growNYC.org/noise). Dr. Bronzaft is a researcher, writer and consultant on the adverse effects of noise on mental and physical health. She is the co-author of “Why Noise Matters” and has written about noise in books, academic journals, encyclopedias and the popular press. She recently received the first Citizen-Psychologist citation from the American Psychological Association for being able to apply her research findings in ways that lessened the impacts of noise on community residents.

Capt. William Murphy, Ph.D.

William J. Murphy is a Captain in the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and is coordinator for the Hearing Loss Prevention cross sector for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. He is an active member of the National Hearing Conservation Association and a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America. He is currently the chair the ASA’s Technical Committee for Noise. He has provided leadership to the ASA’s Committee on Standards through work with the American National Standards Institute and International Standards Organization.

Dr. Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp

Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp is a Professor at the Technical University, Germany. Focus of her research are supportive acoustic environments and soundscapes. She is the initiator of the INAD in Germany that is now celebrating his 21st. She is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, currently among others she is serving as Vice-President of the European Acoustics Association (EAA) and as project leader of measurements in soundscape in the international standardization ISO. She is a Distinguished International Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering (INCE USA). She was awarded with the Hear the World Foundation Award and the European Soundscape Award.

Bennett Brooks

Bennett M. Brooks is President of Brooks Acoustics Corporation (BAC). He believes that environments should provide a sonic dimension which promotes a sense of well-being. Project interests include architecture, community noise, soundscape and music production. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, Member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering, and Past President of the National Council of Acoustical Consultants.

Dr. Peggy Nelson

Peggy Nelson is professor of audiology in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at the University of Minnesota. She is currently the founding director of the University of Minnesota’s new Center for Applied and Translational Sensory Science (catss.umn.edu). There she oversees interdisciplinary research in vision, hearing, balance, and tinnitus. Her research focuses on hearing loss and the problems of understanding speech in noise by a variety of populations, including children in schools, second-language learners, hearing aid users, and cochlear implant listeners. She is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Acoustical Society of America.

As Center director, Prof Nelson and colleagues strongly believe that engagement with the community is essential for understanding sensory loss and its effects. This is key to the development of devices and strategies that can aid in the management of sensory loss.

Dr. Lily Wang – moderator

Dr. Lily Wang is the Associate Dean and Professor in the Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln (http://lilywang.unl.edu). Lily’s primary research interests are in room acoustics and noise control, particularly human perception and performance when exposed to noise in work and learning environments. She is a Fellow of the ASA, and currently serving as ASA President-Elect.

More Resources

  • Acoustics Activities lists fun and educational activities you can do at home with kids.
  • Dangerous Decibels is a highly effective program designed to reduce the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
  • The Green Car Integrity Project posts academic literature about noise and health, safety, attention, and distraction.
  • iHEARu app uses crowd-sourcing to help you find locations with noise levels that suit your needs. Available on iOS and Android.
  • Noise Center Archives invites you to view articles originally published between 1998 and 2001 in Hearing Rehabilitation Quarterly.
  • Noise Free America offers advice on citizen action and success stories in the fight against noise.
  • The Noise Pollution Clearinghouse is a national non-profit organization with extensive online noise related resources.
  • Noisy planet is a joint venture between the National Institute of Health and the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders focused on preventing noise induced hearing loss in 8-12 year olds.
  • The Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness and Protection is a Canadian nonprofit with global membership that has been conducting advocacy and providing information and assistance to the public since 1982.
  • Quiet Classrooms  is an alliance of non-profit organizations working to create better learning environments in schools by reducing noise.
  • The Quiet Coalition consists of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.
  • The Sound and Noise Education Module includes interactive, multi-disciplinary, STEM lessons and activities to introduce students and teachers to the study of the New York City sound environment, New York City’s Noise Code, and the public health issues.