Time is up for ear-blasting technology,

peaceful washrooms are back.  Do you find the noise produced by electric hand dryers to be jarring or even painful?  You’re not alone.  All electric hand dryers make noise, but some are worse than others, “causing discomfort to all, and unnecessary stress to those with hypersensitivity to noise, hearing problems or conditions such as dementia and autism.”   Fortunately, a quieter alternative may be around the corner.  Quiet Mark announces the launch of its review of hand dryers, stating that it:

[T]ested a broad range of hand dryers and only the quietest, high-performance machines achieved a Quiet Mark award. This universal symbol makes it easier for those in charge of restaurants, bars, leisure centres, shops, libraries, hospitals and public conveniences to consider sound levels when assessing hand dryers for their venues.

Quiet Mark’s testing uses real-life testing environments for accurate result, because “the sound levels of hand dryers in real-life situations have often been underestimated.”  Among other things, Quiet Mark notes that hand dryers are:

[C]ommonly tested in ultra-absorbent acoustic laboratories, rather than in highly reverberant washrooms and toilets, where their loud motor noise can be uncomfortably amplified. They may also be tested without human hands in the airflow, which can add up to 10dB in some cases. The combination of these factors means that the machine can be twice as loud as some test results might show.

You can see Quiet Mark’s review of hand dryers here.

Comments (3)

  1. Dimitri

    i am very very sensitive to environmental noise such a dog barking, loud music, and loud pedestrian signals. There is a crossing signal at the end of my street, just a little ways away. there is talk of changing this to a cuckoo or chirp overhead when pedestrians cross.
    I would be able to hear this in my house and outdoors on my deck. there are other ways to accommodate the visually impaired at crossings——several websites call for had level boxes that announce Signal is on. Wait for traffic to stop” at a very low mandated decibel level.

    How can i let my selectboard know that my disability with hyperacousis needs accommodations just like the visually impaired do? There is a solution that accommodates us both, rather than the loud over head chips and cuckoos that be heard everywhere even a quarter of a mile away.

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  2. Cecelia

    i am very very sensitive to environmental noise such a dog barking, loud music, and loud pedestrian signals. There is a crossing signal at the end of my street, just a little ways away. there is talk of changing this to a cuckoo or chirp overhead when pedestrians cross.
    I would be able to hear this in my house and outdoors on my deck. there are other ways to accommodate the visually impaired at crossings——several websites call for had level boxes that announce Signal is on. Wait for traffic to stop” at a very low mandated decibel level.

    How can i let my selectboard know that my disability with hyperacousis needs accommodations just like the visually impaired do? There is a solution that accommodates us both, rather than the loud over head chips and cuckoos that be heard everywhere even a quarter of a mile away.

    Reply
    1. GMB (Post author)

      Try reaching out to your district or ward leader, city council person, or the local politician representing your neighborhood. Constituent services are their bread and butter. I would suggest finding some online sites or other information you could share with them that explains what hyperacusis is and how loud sound triggers it. Wishing you the best of luck.

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