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26 April 2017

Celebrate International Noise Awareness Day

22nd Annual International Noise Awareness Day encourages people to do something about bothersome noise

On April 26, we join with people, organizations and governments around the world to commemorate International Noise Awareness Day. Participants observe one minute of quiet, regardless of time zone, from 2:15 to 2:16 p.m. to remind and encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live and play.

The annual event was launched by the Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with hearing loss since 1910. According to the CHC:

  • Exposure to loud noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss in the 38 million people with impaired hearing in the United States.
  • Noise is also a leading quality of life complaint in many communities. Blood pressure elevation, sleep and digestion problems, and other stress-related disorders are linked to environmental noise.
  • Continuous exposure to noise above 85 decibels can cause hearing loss, but research shows that even below that threshold, noise instigates physiological changes. If you must be exposed to noise, it is recommended that you limit the exposure time and/or wear hearing protection.
  • Studies on children’s learning and behavior find that noise poses great risks. The American Academy of Otolaryngology reports 3 million children under the age of 18 have some kind of hearing difficulty.

Please visit OptimizedAcoustics.com to learn more about the importance of acoustics, and benefits of decreasing interior noise levels in offices, schools, restaurants and health care facilities.


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