Why noise pollution is more dangerous than we think

Photo credit: Shawn Carpenter licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

The May 13, 2019 issue of The New Yorker magazine has a wonderful article about noise by staff writer David Owen. Complementing the article is this 8-minute YouTube video in which Mr. Owen talks about what he learned writing the article:

It’s well worth spending the time to watch.

Dr. Daniel Fink is a leading noise activist based in the Los Angeles area. He 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. Dr Fink also is the interim chair of Quiet Communities’ Health Advisory Council, and he served on the board of the American Tinnitus Association from 2015-2018.

Comments (2)

  1. DAMIAN Buzzerio

    Especially the noise from motorcycles, cars with modified mufflers and car sound systems.
    Other than calling 311 and 911, which I have done. What can we do?

  2. Bradley

    Your town/city/community needs to have an established noise ordinance so the prescribed noise decibel level above which is acceptable can be met with police enforcement and tickets with fines. Every motorcycle manufactured has to be in compliance with an 81 maximum decibel threshold .

    It is illegal to have modified pipes (straight pipes, etc…) on a motorized vehicle where noise and pollutants are above the acceptable standards.


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