International Noise Awareness Day (INAD), April 28, 2021
International Noise Awareness Day (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).
The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) would like to invite everyone to participate in INAD 2021 by raising awareness of the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health and quality of life. Protect your hearing, protect your health!
WHAT: Competition for students of Primary and Middle Schools (approximately from 5 to 12 years old). Students can make art or write lyrics inspired by the the motto “Importance of Sound for Society and the World” or the song “The Sound Of The World”.
WHEN: Submissions due April 30, 2021
WHY: The competition hopes to highlight how the sound environment is a key component in the equilibrium of all human beings, in their relationship with others and with the world, in its economic, environmental, societal, medical, industrial and cultural dimensions.
60 seconds of quiet
WHAT: 60 seconds of silence
WHEN: April 28, 2021 from 2:15-2:16 p.m. (regardless of time zone)
WHY: A moment to experience what quiet really sounds like.
WHAT: Help raise awareness of the harmful effects of noise on hearing, health and quality of life, and inspire positive action on your social media platforms.
WHEN: April 28th, 2020
WHY: By protecting our hearing, we protect our health
Recipe for A Quiet Diet
Take these simple steps from the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) to preserve the quiet in your life.
- Pay attention to the noises you make and respect your neighbor’s right to peace and quiet.
- Turn down the volume two notches on your radios and personal stereo systems with headphones.
- Turn down the volume one notch on your television.
- Do NOT honk your horn, except in the case of imminent danger.
- Do NOT tip cab drivers who honk their horns illegally.
- Avoid noisy sports events, restaurants, rock concerts and nightclubs unless you use hearing protection.
- Replace noisy activities with quiet ones such as taking a walk, visits to libraries and museums.
- Ask your health club instructor to lower the music.
- Ask the movie theater manager to turn down the volume.
- Wear adequate hearing protection if you must be in a noisy environment (the subway, mowing the lawn)
- Turn off the television during dinner and have a quiet conversation instead.
- Get a free hearing screening.
- Attend a town meeting to review (or develop) a local, enforceable noise ordinance.
- Spread the word about the danger of noise,
And remember… observe one minute of no noise from 2:15 – 2:16 pm (regardless of location/time zone).
Noise Awareness Lesson Plans
These lessons can be used for most grades to learn about measuring sound and hearing anatomy.
Sound Measures – Students use a sound level meter to measure, compare and graph sound levels in different environments.
Your Ear – Students explore how the ear hears and work through an interactive demonstration.
How Loud is Too Loud? – Students create a wheel that will show them various sound sources, the decibels , and allowable exposure time.
Loud Sounds Bookmarks – Students familiarize themselves with the idea that some sounds can be too loud.
Kids’ Noise Awareness Activities
These are all activities families can do at home and still have fun learning about sound and hearing.
Loud Sounds Coloring Sheets – Learn how to protect your ears from loud sounds with 4 different printable loud sounds coloring sheets.
Dangerous Decibels Exhibit – Learn about loud sounds in this virtual exhibit with games, demonstrations and activities.
Giant Acoustics Word Search – Learn about acoustics terminology in this acoustics word search!
All About Noise Crossword Puzzle – Test your noise knowledge in this crossword puzzle.
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- ASA International Noise Awareness Day 2018
- ASA International Noise Awareness day 2019
- ASA International Noise Awareness day 2020
- Acoustics Activities lists fun and educational activities you can do at home with kids.
- The Australian Academy of Science has resources about Noise Pollution and the Environment and Fighting Noise Pollution
- Dangerous Decibels is a highly effective program designed to reduce the prevalence of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus (ringing in the ear).
- Dr. Antonella Radicchi is a chartered architect and HEAD- Genuit Foundation Research Fellow and she launched Hush City app in 2017.
- The Green Car Integrity Project posts academic literature about noise and health, safety, attention, and distraction.
- The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Noise and Hearing Loss Prevention Topic
- 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.