by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
There are now at least two apps to measure and report restaurant noise, and two apps to measure and report outdoor noise or urban soundscapes.
Anyone concerned about noise, as we are, should install one or more of these apps on his or her smart phone and start reporting noise levels.
All of these apps are free and rely on crowdsourcing to get city wide data. So down load one–or all of them–and help gather data to make your city or town a more tolerable place. Data from SoundPrint was used in a study presented at the 174th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America documenting excessive noise levels in restaurants and bars in New York City.
The apps are listed alphabetically in each category:
For restaurant noise:
For urban soundscapes:
DISCLOSURE: I serve as Medical Advisor for SoundPrint.
Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He serves on the board of the American Tinnitus Association, is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’s Health Advisory Council, and is the founding chair of The Quiet Coalition, an organization of science, health, and legal professionals concerned about the impacts of noise on health, environment, learning, productivity, and quality of life in America.