Articles 2018-2019

My more recent articles and writing are also available to freely read and share at https://issuu.com/janlmayes

Mayes, Jan L. (2019, Feb 18). Urban noise levels are high enough to damage auditory sensorineural health. Sound and the Healthy City, special issue of the Cities and Health Journal, Routlegdge. DOI 10.1080/23748834.2019.1577204

City noise, hearing health, and communication limits. Kudos plain language summary of Mayes, Jan L. (2019, Feb 18). Urban noise levels are high enough to damage auditory sensorineural health. Sound and the Healthy City, special issue of the Cities and Health Journal, Routlegdge. DOI 10.1080/23748834.2019.1577204

Mayes, Jan L. (2018, Spring). Noise discrimination against people with hearing loss, tinnitus and hyperacusis. The Right to Quiet Society Noise Letter.

Mayes, J.L. (2019, October)
Education-Report-Canada-Federal-Air-Pollution-Plus-Noise-Pollution-Public-Policy.pdf

Live Stream Transcript by J. L. Mayes (2019, April 18): Raincoast-The-Future-of-Killer-Whale-Recovery.pdf

Right to Quiet Articles

I wrote some recent newsletter articles for the Canadian charity Right to Quiet Society for Soundscape Awareness & Protection. Their newsletter is on temporary hiatus until their website redesign is completed. My article topics included:

Climate change and unhealthy wind turbine noise (Noiseletter, Spring 2019, p. 4)

US Quiet Communities Act of 2019 pending federal funding (Noiseletter, Summer 2019, p. 2)

EU Laws requiring noisy electric cars ignore public health guidelines (Noiseletter, Summer 2019, p. 3)

How fireworks can affect your health and the ecosystem (Noiseletter, Summer 2019, p. 5)

I attended the Noise in the City presentation at Simon Fraser University downtown Vancouver campus. Presenters included Right to Quiet Society activists Hans Schmid and Karl Raab. If you don’t have time to watch the full YouTube video, I wrote up a summary Transcript: Noise in the City Presentation for people to read instead.

Articles 2010-2017

Mayes, Jan L. (2017, Nov 2). The health impact of environmental noise. silencity.com.

Mayes, J. L. (Winter, 2011). My 25th Tinnitus Anniversary. Communique. Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, 14.

Mayes, J. L. (Spring 2011). Tinnitus Triage. Communique. Canadian Association of Speech Language Pathologists and Audiologists, 22-23.

Born, D. (2010). A Q & A Session with J. L. Mayes. Tinnitus Today, American Tinnitus Association, 25; 3, 14-15.

Reading Room

I have put together this small reading list for people with similar interests on communication, public health, hearing health, and quiet activism to protect all species from pollution risks.

Environmental Noise Reading Room by Topic: 1974 – 2019

Compiled by Jan L. Mayes. Titles and links to environmental and community noise related documents and resources. I update this every now and then when I’m studying topics or googling around.

Flatpack Democracy: A Guide to Creating Independent Politics

The Frome model for city or community government change is a blueprint for “a non-confrontational way of working and a participatory approach to democracy.” Communities could use for air-noise-light pollution control at local levels.

Guide to Modified Exhaust Systems: A reference for Law Enforcement Officers and Motor Vehicle Inspectors

This is an enforcement guide for motorcycles, automobiles, and light trucks with modified exhaust systems (or modified stereo systems). These loud noise sources add to unhealthy high community noise levels.

Plane Truth: Aviation’s Real Impact on People and the Environment

This book describes the air pollution impact of aircraft on global health. Note: The noise pollution impact is just as serious a public health crisis.

Discord: The Story of Noise

This book describes the history of noise from this author’s perspective. Note: it doesn’t include the communication access impact or modern soundscape research on quiet city design and protection.

Jan L. Mayes

MSc, Aud(C), RAud

Author, audiologist, educator, quiet activist, playing with words.