Browsing articles in "Noise Blog"
May
15
2014

Sssh – it’s exam time – followed by noisy parties?

It’s that time of year when students of all ages need quiet time as they knuckle down to study for exams. Once exams are over, however, the end of term party season begins. This is a particular problem in areas with large student populations. Recent research on student accommodation requirements published in Landlord Today  reveals that students want communal space. However, too often poor layout in properties means this space is next to the bedrooms […]

May
12
2014

Sound shock vs hygiene – high speed hand dryers

High-speed hand dryers are an engineering success story, chiming with the prevailing agenda of austerity and sustainability, but what is the trade off? As someone with normal hearing, Dr. John Drever found the new generation of power hand dryers in WC’s intrusive. On becoming a father he became aware of how the sudden triggering of aggressive sound in a quiet space can panic children and others sensitive to noise – prompting his investigation of the […]

May
7
2014

Snoring is a top source of sleep disturbance

Married to a snorer, specialist in sleep medicine and organiser of last week’s Stop Snoring Week, Marianne Davey knows that for most snorers and their bed partners snoring is no laughing matter. For bed partners who sleep with a snorer the most cited complaint is sleep disturbance. In clinical trials it was found that these bed partners suffered worse sleep efficiency, increased arousals and a greater percentage of lighter sleep than those with a non-snorer. […]

Apr
30
2014

Poor home sound insulation costs – privacy and cash

Following his presentation at this year’s recent Solent Acoustics Conference ‘Acoustics in the Built Environment’, acoustician and lecturer Jonty Stewart writes on some of the issues surrounding sound insulation and in particular the problems it causes. The first thing I would say is that “poor” sound insulation depends on whom is being affected: to the builder or develope. “Poor” sound insulation can probably be loosely defined as anything which doesn’t meet the legally-required performance criteria […]

Apr
30
2014

International Noise Awareness Day – 100 years of amplified music

Today is International Noise Awareness Day – an event conceived 19 years ago, to combat the impact of noise on hearing and health. The evidence for the impact of noise on health continues to accumulate – not just on hearing but on other aspects of our health and well being. Hearing damage is the most noticeable impact of noise on health, and our increasing ability to create and expose ourselves to loud noise – and […]

Apr
29
2014

Evidence on health impacts of transport noise increasing

Professor Stephen Stansfeld of Queen Mary University London has worked on numerous of studies looking at the impacts of transport noise on health. He gives an overview of the current evidence from, and activity in, this field of work. In the past the research topic of environmental noise and health has been something of a Cinderella subject, but recently there have been an increasing number of large studies of community populations examining the effects of […]

Apr
25
2014

Guidance rating industry noise impact on homes under revision

The guidance used by local authorities to prevent noise complaints from new industrial development has been revised and is out for consultation. Gwyn Mapp of Amledd gives and outline of its purpose and the main changes in the document, and encourages all who work with the document to respond to the consultation. BS4142:1997 – Method for Rating Industrial Noise Affecting Mixed Residential and Industrial Areas is a British Standard that is mainly used by Local […]

Apr
23
2014

Overheating vs noise – the new homes challenge

With regulation requiring better sealed, thermally efficient building envelopes, many new homes are prone to overheating – and for buildings near roads and rail opening windows means exposure to noise.  Hoare Lea & Partners, a leading consulting engineering firm in the design of new homes is currently undertaking a study into the relationship between overheating and noise. During Noise Action Week they will be assessing acceptable noise levels in homes.  Acoustic engineer Barry Jobling explains. […]

Apr
16
2014

Five noise books for a quiet bank holiday read

Noise  – Read all about it With a long Bank Holiday weekend ahead what better than a quiet read? Over the last few years a wealth of books have been published on aspects of noise and sound.  Sound is important in everything we do – we need it for information, enjoy (or are sometimes annoyed by) natural sounds like the waves and birdsong, and it is an essential part of entertainment and fun. However, the […]

Apr
7
2014

Noise and public health – why we need more action

Work to raise awareness of the public health and environmental impacts of noise has seen sporadic progress, and like air pollution, noise only comes to the wider attention of public and policy makers when it causes extreme problems. Noise Action Week gives an opportunity for everyone working to reduce the impact of noise to be heard. Last week we saw air pollution, often dubbed the silent killer, reveal itself. Saharan dust enhanced the visibility of […]

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