The Center for Hearing and Communication founded International Noise Awareness Day to promote awareness of the dangers of long-term exposure to noise.
“It is time to address the threat that noise poses to hearing, health, learning and behavior,” says Amy Boyle, Director of Public Education at the Center for the Hard of Hearing. This year the Center is once again spearheading a special effort to inform the public of the necessity of creating a quiet home, school and recreational environment.
Continuous exposure to noise above 85 decibels can be harmful to hearing and documented research has found noise does not have to be that loud to lead to physiological changes in blood pressure, sleep, digestion and other stress-related disorders. Studies exist documenting the harmful effects of noise on children’s learning and behavior. “It is time” Boyle says, “that we take responsibility to quiet our surroundings and create a healthy environment for us and our children.”
Among the many activities planned during International Noise Awareness Day, Wednesday, April 29th, 2009 sponsored by the Center for the Hard of Hearing, the public will be asked to observe the Quiet Diet – one minute of quiet, regardless of their location, from 2:15 P.M. to 2:16 P.M.
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Click here for info regarding “Noise Action Week” in the UK which coincides with this.