We want to know what noise you find the most annoying, the most unbearable and the most headache inducing. Is it those loud motorbikes that give you a shock every time you’re trying to walk down the street? The incessant barking of your neighbour’s dog? Your morning alarm clock? The coffee grinder? Loud noisy restaurants? Leave a comment below and the top 5 most annoying will be in a poll to find out which noise everyone finds the most intolerable.
Using your smartphone, you can help with noise pollution in your city. NoiseTube is a research project in the form of a mobile app available on the iOS and Android platform which you can download and use to measure the amount of noise in your locale, tag it and upload it to the online server to create a collaborative noise map which others can view. Using a participatory approach through the input of the general public, the app creates a huge array of data that can be far more detailed than official versions.
So far the app has been downloaded by 10,000 people with 2,700 registered on the NoiseTube website. The website provides users a place to look up their locale and find more information about the noise levels in their neighbourhood.
Watch a demo of the app here:
Are you listening to music right now? Use the 60:60 rule: don’t have your music playing above 60% of the maximum volume and listen for no more than 60 minutes at a time. Once the hearing loss is done, the damage is irreversible.