Do-it-Yourself: Measure the noise in the venue

By Gregory Scott

*Editors Note: This article first appeared in the Spring 2021 edition of ‘The Bottom Rung’. It is reproduced with permission.   

What will happen?

This October, participating organizations will partner with SoundPrint to engage their communities for a fun, mission-driven competition where users take sound level measurements at venues such as restaurants, bars, coffee shops, gyms, and parks with the SoundPrint app and submit them to a publicly accessible database. The event and the collected data will be used to raise hearing health awareness. And many prizes will be awarded to the most dedicated participants!

Based on the collectively gathered data, SoundPrint then advocates for safe noise levels on a broad scale, including sharing the data with the WHO’s World Hearing Forum and researchers. Past SoundPrint campaigns have generated hearing health awareness with thousands of participants.

Who is Participating?

Members of the WHO’s World Hearing Forum, professional organizations, audiologists, speech

pathologists, hearing aid companies, noise pollution activists, acoustic experts, and others will join together to raise hearing health awareness to prevent noise-induced hearing loss.

How do your organization and your constituents benefit?

  • Contribute to the mission of raising hearing health awareness!
  • Create a fun, community-building activity for your constituents
  • Learn how to gauge whether their environment is safe or dangerous for hearing health.
  • Find quiet venues for those with hearing loss and sensory disorders to patronize
  • Ask venue managers of loud places to optimize their acoustics
  • SoundPrint shares the data collected by your participants
  • Be featured on SoundPrint’s website along with other health-minded organizations

What do you need to do?

  • Reserve your spot with a “yes” via the form link below
  • A month prior to the event, SoundPrint will send you everything you need to share with your community via email, social media or print in advance and during the campaign to contribute to the cause. You just copy and paste!

How do I join?

Fill out the form that is linked here

Gregory Scott is the Founder of SoundPrint, a member of the World Hearing Forum via the WHO