If Only We Could See the Damage of Noise Exposure

I was very honoured to have my article featured in Tinnitus Today, Spring 2022 issue. I discuss science from my 2021 papers published in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, co-authored with Dr. Daniel Fink of The Quiet Coalition. My main point is simple: If Only We Could See the Damage of Noise Exposure. If our […]

Airhorn Noise Joke

When my oldest child (now a young adult) arrived at work on April Fool’s Day this year, there was a noisy joke waiting for her. Co-workers rigged an airhorn to go off every time somebody opened the front door of the office. There was much laughter until the culprits noticed my child didn’t find it […]

Protecting Hearing for Life

As a member (retired status) of Speech-Language & Audiology Canada, I was honoured to have my article featured in Communique for World Hearing Day, 2022. The title and content of Protecting Hearing for Life reflects this year’s theme of, “To hear for life, listen with care.” In summary, our modern society exposes us to harmfully […]

Too Loud Article in The Hearing Journal

I was very excited to have an article published in The Hearing Journal. The title is Too loud: Noise exposure in everyday life is causing hearing loss. I co-authored this with my colleague Daniel Fink, MD, Chair of The Quiet Coalition in the USA. To sum it up, our modern world is so full of […]

Too Loud: Nonoccupational Noise Exposure Causes Hearing Loss

In July, my colleague Dr. Daniel Fink and I had two papers accepted for publication in Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics. Both papers are open access and free to share. The first paper is on noise risk to auditory health from common everyday sound sources that are too loud. This includes movies (including animated and […]

Community to Vote on Noise Control Cost

[Originally published at silencity.com] What happens when citizens want highway noise control but the financial cost is high? The Canadian community of Beaconsfield, Quebec is facing skyrocketing noise control estimates for a long awaited concrete sound barrier. Since the need was identified in 2010, cost estimates have risen from $25.5 million to $46 million putting […]

A noise control cure for preventable tinnitus and hyperacusis

[Originally published at silencity.com] In a 2019 article titled “Why is there no cure for tinnitus?” the authors looked at whether studies had identified if participants have a history of significant noise exposure that could cause decreased sound tolerance, like hyperacusis or tinnitus. A cure for noise-induced tinnitus and hyperacusis, the authors noted, could be […]

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 […]

The Health Impact of Environmental Noise

[Originally published at silencity.com; noise risk decibels revised April 14, 2022] Environmental noise is damaging and inflicts unwanted sounds into everyday life. In 1984, Gordon Hempton, The Sound Tracker, found 20 natural locations in Washington State with noise-free intervals lasting over 15 minutes. No manmade noise at all. No planes, trains, or traffic. By 1995, […]