Key Issues

The mission of this SafeSound site is to encourage and enable such action by gathering and sharing information on the topics listed below (and other topics you might suggest).

  1. How the ear works, partially recovers from high sound levels, and incrementally suffers permanent hearing loss.
  1. Estimates of short term, mid term, and permanent hearing loss from a matrix of levels and duration of sound.
  1. Sources and levels of sound that cause hearing loss.
  1. Case studies of sound levels and duration in events in popular public spaces, with estimates of the total incremental hearing loss and associated costs to the audience and the health system.
  1. Excitement, power and profit – the motivations of those responsible for annoying and damaging sound.
  1. The health, social, and economic costs of hearing loss to children, young people, working people, the elderly, families, communities, and taxpayers. Costs to include hearing aids, medical services, lost production and other tangibles plus whatever evidence we can find regarding less tangible social costs due to poor communication.
  1. An overview of noise control municipal and provincial laws, regulations and responsible agencies. Ideas on why regulations do not deal with public and personal space.
  1. Contact numbers for regulatory complaints. For instance:
    • Municipalities: regarding the comfort and sound safety of your home;
    • Provinces: on behalf of workers employed in public spaces.
  1. Role and limitations of hearing health professions and organizations in taking action against sources of damaging sound.
  1. Ideas for where and how to advocate for government regulation of damaging sound in public and personal spaces.
  1. How you can protect yourself against unexpected annoying or damaging sound, (I make impromptu ear-plugs by wetting and rolling up paper portion bags of sugar).
  1. Examples of the regulation of sound in more proactive jurisdictions around the world.
  1. Sources and ideas for products, technical services, regulation, and public education that could enable safe sound in public and personal spaces.
  1. Connections to groups advocating safe sound, and other health advocacy groups to emulate.
  1. Ideas for counter-attacks against damaging sound and the establishment of healthy sustainable public and personal sound environments. (e.g. new law and regulation, class action suits on behalf of those attending sporting events in arenas)