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Urban Noise Pollution

The urban noise pollution is getting worse and the persistent exposure to noise can cause chronic health issues. What are the impacts of urban noise, the new efforts to understand and track it, and the solutions that can help mitigate unwanted sound? You will find the answers in this episode, No More Noise: Turning DownContinue reading “Urban Noise Pollution”

Noisiest Jobs in America

CDC estimate that 22 million Americans are exposed to noise at work. The noisiest jobs can be determined by the noise exposure data from the University of Michigan’s Job Exposure Matrix.  Nearly half of these noisiest jobs in America are production occupations and the vast majority of these jobs do not pay well and also haveContinue reading “Noisiest Jobs in America”

During the Pandemic: Less Noise Help Ears But Not Hearts or Brains

Over the last year, the noise was reduced by 3 decibel levels based on the research results from Dr. Neitzel’s team. That’s enough to potentially reduce adverse health impacts, such as hearing loss. However, all the other negative emotions leading to the stress raise concerns of increased health impacts on hearts and brains. The heartContinue reading “During the Pandemic: Less Noise Help Ears But Not Hearts or Brains”

Our web-based tool is introduced by NOISH for the noise exposure estimate

The web-based tool developed by our lab allows epidemiologists, industrial hygienists, occupational health practitioners to access the noise exposure estimates based on the results from the noise Job Exposure Matrix(JEM). The JEM is based on the 989,179 valid noise measurement from 1960s to 2015, representing 274 North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and 430 Standard Occupational ClassificationContinue reading “Our web-based tool is introduced by NOISH for the noise exposure estimate”

Covid-19 Shutdowns Reduced Unhealthy Noise Exposure

Dr. Neitzel and Lauren were interviewed by an independent journalist and healthcare contributor to to talk about the Apply Hearing Study and the first paper just published in Environmental Research Letters for it. In the study, researchers collected participants’ Apple Watch and iPhone headphone data to understand the sound and audio exposure in the dailyContinue reading “Covid-19 Shutdowns Reduced Unhealthy Noise Exposure”

We just launched our official YouTube channel

Please check our official YouTube channel to watch all the videos! We will cover the topics about our latest research project, COVID-19 pandemic and education. Welcome to our channel and subscribe us to receive the notifications of our latest videos!

Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure nearly in half

People’s exposure to environmental noise dropped nearly in half during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, according to University of Michigan researchers who analyzed data from the Apple Hearing Study. Researchers at U-M’s School of Public Health and Apple Inc. looked at noise exposure data from volunteer Apple Watch users in Florida, New York,Continue reading “Stay-at-home orders cut noise exposure nearly in half”


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