International Noise Awareness Day 25th Anniversary - 29 April 2020

April 29, 9:00 am




International Noise Awareness Day 25th Anniversary - 29 April 2020

International Noise Awareness Day is a global campaign, founded in 1996 by the Center of Hearing and Communication (CHC), aiming to raise awareness of noise on the welfare and health of people. Noise affects people in many ways, but only deafness and annoyance receive actual interest from the general public. Worldwide, People are called upon to take part via various actions on this occasion: open days on hearing from acousticians, lectures in public health departments, universities and schools, panels of experts, noise level measuring actions, and readings. The day is commemorated on the last Wednesday of April of every year. It is organized in several countries all over the world, such as in Brazil, Chile, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States of America.

INAD 2020: Wednesday, April 29, 2020

All over the world, people, organizations, and governments will commemorate the 25th Annual International Noise Awareness Day (INAD) on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. The Center for Hearing and Communication (CHC) founded this yearly event in 1996 to encourage people to do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play.

Contact us to share what you’re planning for INAD so we can publish it on the Noise Center. So far, we’ve heard from people fed up with noise who are planning INAD events here in New York City to as far as Italy and Latvia. Watch this space for info on INAD commemorations all over the globe, how to start your own, and learn more about the history.

Why do we care so much about unwanted noise?

In the short term, noise causes stress, and as most of us understand, stress is terrible for your health. In the long term, noise causes hearing loss—and hearing loss is also detrimental to your health.

Individuals and communities no longer accept that noise is a natural by-product of an industrial society. Grassroots activist groups address the issue of noise in their own communities. New Yorkers gave noise as the leading complaint to quality to the city’s life quality hotline.

Adults may be the ones to have the greatest concerns about and problems dealing with noise, but children can suffer just as much, and there may be no indication as such to their parents.

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