Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about noise displayed at Times Square

The CDC announced their new PSAs for the holidays!

Protect Your Hearing! Noise Induced Hearing Loss Public Service Announcements (PSAs) at Times Square Nov. 25 – Dec. 2 and Dec. 24 – Dec. 31

NCEH’s Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) Initiative has hit the big times! Times Square, that is, a major commercial intersection, tourist destination, and entertainment Mecca known as “The Crossroads of the World.” Times Square is located in the midtown Manhattan section of New York City at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue. It extends from West 42nd to West 47th Streets and is extravagantly and very brightly decorated with billboards and advertisements. A 15 second Public Service Announcement for Noise-Induced Hearing Loss will be advertised on two of the largest billboards: the NASDAQ unit with 10,080 square feet, and the Thomson Reuters unit with 7,691 square feet, during the weeks of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade (11/25/19-12/2/19) and the week of New Year’s Eve (12/24/19-12/31/19).

One of the most popular annual attractions in NYC, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade has been a New York City tradition since 1924.  Attracting more than 3.5 million people to the streets of Manhattan every year, and watched by an audience of millions of TV viewers, the displays are expected to be viewed by upwards of 21 million people. An estimated one million people celebrate New Year’s Eve at Times Square with over a billion watching throughout the world.

The public health messages are clear

  • Protect Your Hearing!
  • Loud Noises Can Hurt Your Hearing … And They’re Everywhere!
  • When You Can’t Avoid The Noise … Pop In Some Earplugs Or Wear Noise-Blocking Earmuffs.
  • Your Ears Will Thank You!

For more information on NIHL, please visit:

Did You Hear That? The Apple Hearing Study is officially launched!

Today marks the official launch of the Apple Hearing Study!!


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Dr. Neitzel talks about common daily noise exposure with CBC-Radio Canada

Recently CBC-Radio Canada visited the Exposure Research Lab to discuss the noise that we are exposed to everyday. The special focused on the modern design of restaurants and the impact that they have on noise exposure for patrons and workers alike.

Shockingly, during the peak hours of service, many of the restaurants visited by the film crew registered right around an average of 80 dB!!

Check out the special “Are noisy restaurants harmful to your health?” or read the article “Can’t hear your dinner date? How noisy restaurants may be harming your health” and remember to dine quietly tonight!

October is National Hearing Protection Month

In recognition of National Hearing Protection Month the CDC has released a video about hearing protection and a new “Ask a Scientist” comic book series about noise and hearing loss through the BAM! Body and Mind Classroom Resources for Teachers.

These are great resources for the general public and will help to raise awareness about noise exposure, hearing loss, other health effects and how to protect ourselves.

Video: Roll, Pull, and Hold. How to Wear Soft Foam Earplugs

Comic: Ask a Scientist “How loud is too loud?

Want to learn (or share) more? Check out the CDC’s page in celebration of National Hearing Protection Month.

Want to test your knowledge, take the quiz!

See Dr. Neitzel’s just published article in the Bottom Line Health!

Is Noise Pollution Harming Your Health? Bottom Line: It doesn’t take much to hurt you…

Read about the problem of noise pollution and harmful noise sources that might not be that obvious to you. Learn about health effects that you might not expect to be related to noise exposure and steps you can take to help protect your hearing health.



Apple and Dr. Neitzel team-up to study noise exposure and hearing!!

Apple Study Post Pic

Apple announced on September 10, 2019 that they have partnered with researchers on three unprecedented medical projects that will be deployed later this fall!

Dr. Neitzel’s Exposure Research Lab is one of the lucky three! Our study will focus on noise exposure through listening devices on iPhones. These data in combination with that collected from hearing tests completed through the newly announced Apple Research App. A second arm of the research will enroll persons who also have Apple watches which will allow us to monitor environmental noise exposure and heart rate.

Stay tuned for more information about this exciting, nation-wide project!

Check out the Apple Hearing Study website for more information too!

Here’s just a few of the related news stories for more information!

U-M researcher partners with Apple to study how noise exposure impacts hearing

WatchOS 6 coming Sept. 19 with cycle tracking and hearing health

Apple continues health push with three new medical studies


Dr. Neitzel quoted in Consumer Reports!!

During a discussion about the many health effects of noise exposure, Dr. Neitzel was quoted.

Here’s a paragraph from the article. Click the text to learn more.

‘Noise in your environment may also get in the way of needed rest. “The prevailing thought is if you’re living in a noisy community, noise, of course, disrupts sleep,” according to Richard Neitzel, Ph.D., associate professor of environmental health sciences at the University of Michigan. And insufficient sleep has been linked with obesity, diabetes, and heart disease, among other health issues.’ 

Prof. Neitzel quoted in article on the power of quantitative data

The power of quantitative data

Prof. Neitzel was quoted in an article in “Findings,” the University of Michigan School of Public Health’s quarterly publication.  In “The power of quantitative data” he describes the importance of quantifying the impacts of occupational and environmental health issues such as noise exposure in order to to better communicate the importance of these issues.  He also highlights the importance of individuals who can bridge the gap between data analysis and policy advocacy.  Click here to read more news from the Michigan Public Health.