This site began on June 12, 2015, when I wrote my first post about noise and how noise affected me. A few years before that post, I was diagnosed with hyperacusis, a sensitivity to certain frequencies and ranges of environmental sound that most people find to be normal. I assumed that other people existed who were also sensitive to sound or otherwise were concerned about our increasingly noisy world and its effects on health and well being.
Shortly after the post was published, I was contacted by Bryan Pollard, the founder of Hyperacusis Research, Ltd., who put me in contact with a small group of like-minded people concerned about the effects of noise on health. We agreed to work together on a project we called The Quiet Coalition, which was a program under Quiet Communities, Inc., founded by Jamie Banks, MSc, PhD. Together with Dr. Daniel Fink and David M Sykes, we set up the group, reached out to academics, lawyers, scientists, and doctors who were dedicated to spreading the word about the damage noise does to our health and the health of all living things. We were very quickly joined by an impressive group of colleagues, including Dr. Arline Bronzaft, the doyenne of noise, Prof. Richard Neitzel, University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, and Dr. Antonella Radicchi, Senior Research Associate and HEAD-Genuit Foundation Fellow at the Technical University of Berlin, among many others.
From that rather humble beginning, I’ve become increasingly involved with this small but dedicated group. Together we are committed to raising awareness and providing resources to help inform policy and decisionmaking. My role has been to look for stories and news about noise and sound, particularly those dealing with the health aspects of noise. I’ve learned a lot.
Since 2015, Quiet Communities’ influence has grown, and we recognize that now is the time to take it to the next level. There is a new administration in D.C., and after the lockdown last year–and the quiet it brought–more people have begun to realize that our world is simply too loud. As a first step on this new path, Quiet Communities has launched a new website that highlights each of its four programs: Quiet Coalition, Quiet Outdoors, Quiet Healthcare, and Quiet Conversation.
I’m excited to be making a move that I hope will bring more attention to The Quiet Coalition. Namely, the work I do here on Silencity will now be done on The Quiet Coalition website. The content will continue to focus on noise and sound and how they affect humans and the natural world. Silencity, the website, will end, but its mission will continue.
It’s been a real pleasure working on this site for the past five years. I hope you will join us at The Quiet Coalition.
Gina M. Briggs