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How to deal with noisy neighbors during COVID

How to deal with noisy neighbors during COVID? Avoid confrontation, says Dr. Arline Bronzaft, and remember that patience and understanding is key.

Headphone use causes hearing loss

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that headphone use causes hearing loss. Dr. Daniel Fink is not surprised, as most volume limiting headphones still deliver a damaging 85 decibels.

Harmful transit noise can be reduced

Harmful transit noise can be reduced, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft. In a case in which people say train noise has disrupted their lives, she asks if the railroad has done anything to mitigate the noise.

Lockdown was a boon for science

Lockdown was a boon for science, writes Dr. Arline Bronzaft. Dr. Bronzaft looks at The Quiet Project out of the UK, which used the quiet during lockdown to map out lower decibel levels.

If it makes more noise than a rake, protect your hearing

Dr. Daniel Fink says if you are going to do yard work, make sure to wear a pair of ear plugs if the tools you use make more noise than a rake. Ear plugs today will help you avoid hearing aids tomorrow.

On hidden hearing loss

Dr. Daniel Fink points us to an article on hidden hearing loss that he says is a good primer about the condition, which makes it impossible for people to understand speech in noisy environments.

Don't let unsafe use of tech and toys ruin your children's hearing

Don't let unsafe use of tech and toys ruin your children's hearing. Skip the headphones and loud toys, and give your kids the gift of continued good hearing.

Will our children suffer from hearing loss?

Will our children suffer from hearing loss? Dr. Daniel Fink fears they will because those charged with protecting America’s children are doing little to prevent it.

Are we deafening our children?

How can a headphone manufacturer claim that headphones targeted at children—with a 85 decibel maximum—are “hearing health friendly?” It’s easy when the organizations charged with protecting the public look the other way.

How to treat people with disabilities, visible and invisible

David Pogue writes about what people with disabilities would like us to know before we stare. Dr. Daniel Fink adds his thoughts about what people with invisible disabilities would like you to know.

Noise in hospitals? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is listening

Noise in hospitals? The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is listening, and David M. Sykes is excited that large foundations are finally considering metrics beyond decibels in examining how sound affects patients and staff.

Restaurant noise? For the hearing impaired, that’s discrimination

Joyce Cohen interviews Dr. Daniel Fink for her thoughtful article in the Washington Post on how restaurant noise discriminates against the hearing impaired.

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