Ambient Noise: The Not-So-Silent Killer

Ambient Noise: The Not-So-Silent Killer

December 17, 2019 In the News

Ever wonder how much ambient noise is too much?

The authors of this article from the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America report that ambient noise may be the “new secondhand smoke.”

In 2019, these researchers found that levels as low as 30 dBA can have negative health consequences. This study reveals the potential health risks associated with excessive ambient noise. The authors discuss the implications of these findings and as well as the need for information and standards for noise control to tackle the noise problems our society is facing.


Fink D (2019). Ambient noise is “the new secondhand smoke.”  J Acoustical Soc Amer 146:2835. 

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