public health

Reflecting on Sound and Emotional Connections

Sound isn’t just about the tone or loudness. It’s about the quality of sounds and the feelings they trigger. The memories the soundscape evokes. The crack of a baseball bat and cheers from a Little League game at the nearby park. Kids getting called in for dinner. Bikes whizzing by. Seagulls screeching as they try …

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App to Measure Residential Sound Levels

There are lots of Smartphone sound level meter apps, but most aren’t accurate or free. Many pretend to be free but cost money to change the default settings to public health recommended settings for environmental noise. The noise scientists at the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health in the U.S. solved this problem with …

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Apps to Measure Community Sound Levels

Smartphone Sound Level Meter apps are the latest technology to help people measure and map indoor and outdoor sound levels around the world. Apps can be used for personal use to find quiet locations at home or while traveling. Citizen scientists–everyday people–use these apps to pool and map data to support public noise concerns in …

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