International Year of Sound 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.
This study reports on an exploratory large-scale noise survey of sound levels of 2,376 restaurants and bars in New York City using a novel smart-phone application (SoundPrint) and categorized them based on how quiet or loud they were.
Find even more open access research in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics (POMA) an online journal published by the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Articles originate as papers presented at ASA meetings and other cosponsored meetings.
Each month, the top SoundPrint user with the most submissions nationwide will receive a $100 Amazon gift card – start submitting now!
Visit https://www.soundprint.co/challenges/national-challenge/ for more information.
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
Dr. Arline L. Bronzaft
Capt. William Murphy, Ph.D.
Dr. Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp
Dr. Peggy Nelson
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
- 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.