by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition
This piece in Modern Restaurant Management discusses potential solutions to the restaurant noise problem. It also includes information from Zagat that too much noise is now the leading complaint of restaurant patrons, beating out poor service by one percentage point.
The author works for a company providing sound absorbing products, so those are what he focuses on, but the simplest solution to restaurant noise costs nothing: turn down the volume of the amplified sound.
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.