We've devised a way to factor in noise annoyance levels in drone design.
Setting off fireworks may be fun for you, but for some of your neighbors it could be a traumatic experience.
Whether it's cars passing nearby, a neighbour's blaring music or the constant drone of a lawnmower, the trouble with sound is that – unlike light – it can be hard to block out completely.
The 'right' amount of noise is different for everyone. That might explain why some people perform best in noisy environments, while others prefer silence.
Commercial and recreational drones are taking to the air. They're very noisy, and neighborhoods everywhere could become awfully loud.
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From bird songs to wind patterns, sound is a key but often underappreciated element of natural places. Learning how to listen to nature can alert us to changes in the environment before we see them.
People who depend on auditory implants to hear struggle to understand speech in noisy places. A new device could change that.
The aliens of A Quiet Place track their prey by hearing something outside the norm.
Is noise the real monster? Or is it our own intolerance of unwanted sounds?
Do you suffer from sound rage?
Loud noise from underwater seismic surveys can drive penguins from their normal foraging grounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.