A lithograph by French caricaturist J. J. Grandville depicts the torture of too much noise.
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Is noise the real monster? Or is it our own intolerance of unwanted sounds?
Do you suffer from sound rage?
African penguins appear to move away from areas where seismic underwater surveys are happening.
Loud noise from underwater seismic surveys can drive penguins from their normal foraging grounds.
Children being children can be loud, which creates challenges when they live in an apartment.
In Sydney, families with children now account for one in four households living in apartments. The expectations and design of apartments have not kept up with this rapid demographic change.
Hearing can be affected by loud noises, but the mechanisms have not been fully understood. The auditory nerve plays a big role.
Noise is common, but we don't fully know what that means for our hearing. A recent study suggests how overstimulation of the auditory nerve may be too much for it to handle.
What sounds did the people of Chaco Canyon hear during daily life?
David E. Witt
We tend to think of archaeological sites as dead silent – empty ruins left by past cultures. But this isn't how the people who lived in and used these sites would have experienced them.
More reason for a quiet night.
Scientists are only just beginning to understand the full extend of noise-induced hearing loss.
When they hear the music, some people want to dance. Other shoppers want to flee.
Unlike vision or touch, sound is much more difficult to control or avoid; music in particular spills across thresholds and intrudes into situations where it is unwelcome.
The author began hearing the sound at night, between the hours of 10 and 11 p.m.
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Shortly after Glen MacPherson started hearing strange humming noises, he created the World Hum and Database Project so people around the world could document their own experiences with the Hum.
Too much background noise has been linked to heart disease, strokes and even holding back children's learning.
Flaring at a gas well in Pennsylvania, where hydraulic fracturing has spread rapidly.
Higher hospitalization rates near unconventional wells could be linked to environmental and social stressors, such as noise and air pollution.
Run silent, run high.
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Shouldn't we make aircraft engines quieter? It turns out they're the quietest they've ever been
When children are bombarded with outside noises, it becomes harder to hear in class – and to learn.
Chronic environmental noise, like cars zooming past or airplanes overhead, can make children struggle with reading comprehension and affect their memory.
Man-made noise, such as sound from passing ships, has affected the ability of eels to respond to predators. University of…
A Jetstar A320 soars overhead.
With pressure mounting to finally build Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek, it’s a good time to ask: can we avoid the noise mistakes of the past? Aircraft noise and whether the new airport would…
Many owl species have developed specialised plumage to effectively eliminate the aerodynamic noise from their wings – allowing…
It’s loud out there! We’re just beginning to understand how our noise affects whales’ ears.
We might only notice whales when they appear in our world, but beyond the scopes of whale watchers, whales and dolphins live rich - and noisy - lives. In fact scientists are only just beginning to understand…
Do you find it difficult to sit in silence?
“When there is no noise in my room it scares me”, emails one of my undergraduate students. “It seems I can’t stand silence”, writes another. The noise the first student is referring to is the background…