Our survey show that city residents prefer quiet spaces. Moreover, people find background music in restaurants and coffee shops both loud and disruptive. Others agree! Scientists, health experts, and community members consistently find noise in public areas problematic.
Health Effects of Noise
- National Institute of Health: Information about noise-induced hearing loss.
- American Family Physician: Research article on the permanent effects of noise-induced hearing loss, highlighting the importance of prevention.
Other Quiet Organizations
- SoundPrint: a mobile app that helps you find quiet venues.
- Silencity: rich blog content on all noise-related topics. Includes resources to other Quiet organizations and Quiet advocates around the world.
- The Quiet Coalition: organization consisting of science and health professionals addressing the impact of noise on our health, learning, and productivity.
- U.K. PIPEDOWN: organization dedicated to removing piped music (unwanted and intrusive background music) in public places. Successfully persuaded Gatwick Airport, Sainsbury (supermarket company), and Tesco (retail company) to drop music in their branches. Maintains over a few thousand members with many endorsements from famous celebrities.
- Quiet Scotland: organization dedicated to removing piped music (unwanted and intrusive background music) in public places. Includes quiet eating, drinking, and shopping places in Scotland as well as links to research on the effects of piped music.
- Quiet resources: provides information on various quiet products
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- The Price of Noise
- Noise Pollution Hurts Wildlife, But States Have Trouble Turning Down the Volume
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- Great food, but please do something about the noise
- WHO wants to limit noise levels in nightclubs to stop millennials going deaf
- How listening to music “significantly impairs” creativity
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- Hearing loss threatens mind, life and limb
- How restaurants got so loud
- Noise exposure is becoming “the new secondhand smoke”
- U.K. Supermarket to have ‘Quieter Hour’ for people with autism
- Eating out may be bad for your ears
- The joy of quiet
- UK’s first national ‘Quiet Hour’
- A quiet night out? City pub and Chorlton cafe win award for their ban on playing ‘muzak’ to customers
- Science says silence is more important than we think