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Measuring Public Noise Using Crowdsourced Sound Level Meter Apps

[Revised July 9, 2019; Originally published November 27, 2017] Crowdsourced Smartphone Apps 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 …

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Noise Damage Prevention Plan to Protect Children’s Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that 1.1 billion children and teenagers are at risk for long-term hearing loss from high level noise. Noise damage also causes tinnitus (hearing extra sound) and hyperacusis (hearing sound extra loud).  The Quiet Coalition reports that environmental noise pollution is a public health crisis. This includes health effects starting …

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Neighbour Noise Complaints About Children Playing Outside

There have never been so many news stories on neighbour noise complaints about children playing outside. No amplifiers. Just kids being healthy, playing outdoors as recommended by medical experts. In a recent story from Global News in Calgary, the neighbour installed a sound activated high pitched alarm that goes off when 2 children, aged 5 …

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