A must read!

I just found this article a few minutes ago.  Here is a man after my own heart! (And not my heart, the one damaged by noise.)  Give it a read; I bet you will like it, and agree with him.

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Noise and your heart

Of course! Noise is bad for your heart too.  You thought it was just your hearing and your peace of mind that was affected. Read here to learn more. Get those ear plugs out!

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Whales and Noise

Today, I read some good news.  Given the levels of bad news these days, this is a little ray of sunshine!

The Canadian government is setting up a project to  address the impact of noise on whales.  Read about it here. Let’s wish them luck and success!

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White Noise

white noise

Quite a few people use white noise, in some form or another, to block out unwanted sounds/noise. Especially while they sleep.  Recent studies seem to suggest that white noise might in fact be BAD for your brain.  Read about it here. You might want to re-think your use of white noise.

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Music as Torture, again

Just today, there was a new article posted about the use of music as a torture technique in Guantanamo.  You can read it here.


You can also check back on what the Noise Curmudgeon has written before about this issue.

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Clock chiming – have to stop?

Back in the “olden days” bells were rung for many reasons.  They were a central part of the soundscape.  Now, in Delph, Greater Manchester (England), the town’s 119 year old clock may end up being silenced. You can read about it here.


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Hospitals and Noise (again)

Hospitals and Noise – an update

If you have spent time in a hospital, you might have noticed how LOUD they are. (Remember in the olden days, there were signs outside hospitals, telling you to be quiet? Not anymore.  Inside the hospitals may be noisier than outside!)

hospital quiet zone

Here is a link to a recent article about studies in England about noise levels in hospitals as experienced by children who stayed in hospitals.  The conclusion is that the noise levels in the hosptials reduced the sleep time for the children and for their parents who stayed with their children. (The Noise Curmudgeon has written about hospital noise before.)

If you want to read a short piece about the history of noise and hospitals, see this link.

And here is a photo of a sign in a hospital, reminding people that quiet is crucial!

hospital quiet zone in hallway

And here is an article about how one hospital has worked at reducing noise levels. Good for them!  Let’s hope others follow them.

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