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Mar 30, 2005

I found this offensive on two levels: First, having lived with dogs for most of my life, removing a dog’s vocal chords seems unnecessarily cruel. Second, as a noise control engineer, it seems unimaginative. We can do better, (and thankfully, it looks like the principals in this story will try).


Santa Cruz clubs are upset that they can’t book rock bands because of noise complaints. The article makes a brief point that “adequate soundproofing” is expensive, but if attracting louder acts can boost the bottom line, why not make the investment? Also, using a properly designed sound reinforcement can help keep the volume down while allowing patrons to rock on.

C’mon guys, rather than complaining about the situation, why not get some help and do something about it?


I’m jealous: Orfield Labs (Minneapolis, MN) has an anechoic chamber that measures at -9.4 dB. Guinness has rated it the “quietest place on Earth.” Hey Jason, is that true?


Age-related hearing loss may not be caused by damage to the ear - instead it may be caused by degradation of the brain stem. Of course that means hearing aids won’t be effective in reducing this type of hearing loss. I don’t imagine that brain damage is easily reversible.


Here’s one way to reduce noise complaints: hand out wireless headphones at your next dance party:

You would be completely freaked out to see 3000 people dancing in silence. It’s certainly quirky, but our big push this year is keeping the noise down because that’s what the council is keen on.

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