No matter who are, there’s always that one sound that makes your toes curl and your skin crawl. Whether it’s terracotta plant pots, nails on a chalkboard or children crying, there are a whole host of sounds out there that can only be described in one way: unbearable. To get to the bottom of which sound really is the worst, we ran a short poll on social media to gauge people’s reactions to a shortlist of some of worst sounds to ever pass through a human ear. The shortlist was made up of suggestions from around the Cirrus sales and marketing office, with the option for respondents to add their own suggestions if they found our list of audio atrocities wasn’t abominable enough.
Noise has been in the news again recently with the use of anti-child alarms. Learn how they work and the difference between presbycusis and noise-induced hearing loss.
Did you know that UK adults lose a staggering 84.1 million hours of sleep every week as a direct result of noisy neighbours? Well, so says new research. This research has been conducted by an insurance company, so just how accurate or scientific it is could be up for debate, but it does make for interesting reading if like me, you’re Read More…
Tony Higgins, from Enviroconsult Ltd, uses Cirrus Research’s range of sound level meters to investigate environmental and occupational noise issues. One of his latest projects took him to a successful restaurant, which had recently expanded, and the owners needed to assess the impact of their new extraction system that was potentially causing a statutory noise nuisance.
Wirral Council’s Environmental Health team had been investigating a series of long-running noise nuisance complaints relating to a local factory going back some 10 years. When it came to solving the mystery, they relied upon Cirrus’ Trojan Noise Nuisance Recorder to complete a BS4142:1997 Assessment.
Small music venues may be fighting back against a tide of noise nuisance complaints that are forcing many to close across the UK.
What is NoiseAid? NoiseAid is a web-based application that gives you, and your users, a quick and simple way to gather information about the noise sources that they are concerned about. Users can instantly log noise disturbances via any smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer using the simple interface, adding notes when the noise has ended. Details of the noise Read More…
Whilst we have to accept some road traffic noise, barking dogs and noisy neighbours in today’s urban sprawls, we don’t have to just grin and bear it. Especially when it starts to affect our home life and health. Here are 5 things you can try at home to start your decibel diet.
Like all Local Authorities, Reading Borough Council has a statutory duty to look into any complaints of noise nuisance. With a population of around 155,700, it is one of the smaller boroughs in England but the range of complaints that come into its Environmental Protection and Nuisance Team are pretty varied; from music loving neighbours, crowing cockerels, howling hounds, even noisy budgerigars.
Our newly commissioned research has revealed there were more than 19,800 noise nuisance complaints across the East Midlands last year with some surprising areas topping the noisy neighbourhood chart.