The New York Times recently published a study of noise levels in New York City to illustrate just how loud some daily activities and jobs can be.
Here’s a link to the interactive tour which has some video and audio clips to illustrate the point.
There are some other interesting articles also from the New York Times that discuss the noise levels across the city. Some of the noise levels that were measured are much higher than we would allow in the workplace with levels in bars, hotels, restaurants and gyms exceeding averaging well over 90dB.
The full article is available through this link: Working or Playing Indoors, New Yorkers Face an Unabated Roar