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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Probably NOT the best way to deal with noise

Here you can read about how a neighbour dealt with unappreciated noise!

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A wee addition to the most recent post

Yes, leafblowers definitely annoy a lot of people.  This link came to me via France. Enjoy it! It hits the nail, quietly, on many heads.


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Leaf Blowers

Leaf blower ban


The town of Beaconsfield, which is part of Montreal, has banned gas powered leaf blowers. (It would appear as though the process and the seeming lack of consultation has annoyed a good number of residents, which is too bad. It would be much better to get people to agree to the ban.) It seems they can still use electric powered blowers. You can read about it here.

This blog discusses the noise generated by leaf blowers and lists a number of communities in the USA that have banned or restricted the use of leaf blowers.

And here is an article that further discusses the issue. This piece points out that not only is the noise an issue, but so is the level of hydrocarbon emissions:

“In 2011, Edmunds, the car reviewer, compared a two-stroke-engine leaf blower with a Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck, finding that a half-hour of yardwork produced the same amount of hydrocarbon emissions as a 3,887-mile drive in the truck. In other words: Blow leaves from your lawn, or drive from Maplewood to Juneau, Alaska. Your choice.” (

So maybe you can get these noisy machines banned in your community too!  Good luck!

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Misophonia –  again


Here is a piece from someone who is deeply afflicted with misophonia (“hatred of sound”.) (An instance – the chewing of gum by students in a classroom is devastating for her!)

I hope that none of you are so afflicted.  Being bothered by noise is bad enough.  This condition sounds REALLY bad!

You can read the article here.  A helpful NOTE: She provides links to brown, pink, white, green, orange, yellow, red, super deep blue, and purple noise videos, some of which are eleven hours long!  That is a bonus, if you like such noises for background.

You can learn more about misophonia here.



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Apparently narwhals have been hard to track.  But recently, researchers were able to tag six of them with microphones.  Here is a New Yorker article about their findings. You can click on the hot links in the article to hear the Soundcloud recordings of these narwhals.

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Songbirds and Noise in Canada

Now that it is into spring, and birds are out singing, I thought I would connect you to this article about the impact of noise pollution on songbirds. Studies in Manitoba show that certain songbirds are altering their songs in order to be heard over the noise pollution in their environment.



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