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UK noise activist honored by the queen

by Daniel Fink, MD, Chair, The Quiet Coalition

UK noise activist Gloria Elliott, chief executive of the Noise Abatement Society, was honored by HRH Queen Elizabeth with the Order of the British Empire for her work fighting noise.

As detailed in this article, she received the honor exactly 26 years after her father did for similar activities.

We don’t have similar honors in the U.S., but perhaps some day someone will be awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom for freeing Americans from noise pollution and its attendant adverse health effects on hearing, blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and death.

I hope it’s soon.

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.

How can you address noise pollution in the home?

Living the quiet life thanks to acoustic fittings.

The article interviews Poppy Szkiler of Quiet Mark, which is associated with the Noise Abatement Society, a UK charity.  Szkiler said that, “[i]t’s difficult to mount a campaign against something like noise that you can’t actually see. You need a positive reward system to encourage manufacturers to design quieter products.”  So Quiet Mark, using a sophisticated testing system, “gives approval awards to encourage noise reduction in everyday household appliances.”  Readers are encouraged to look for the Quiet Mark, a purple “Q” symbol, on an item to know they are getting the quietest of its class.

If you have seen appliances bearing the Quiet Mark in U.S. retailers, please let us know in the comments.