People in quiet rural areas of Maine are starting to lose that precious quality of place that defines the Maine outdoors- the natural quiet, as hundreds of miles of industrial wind turbines are fast-tracked into operation. Maine residents are joining the ranks of millions, perhaps billions, around the world who are being impacted by industrial and transportation noise pollution. Although most people don’t think about it until they are losing sleep or hearing, noise pollution is a serious health problem, all the more so for children, elderly, and those with disease or preexisting conditions. What is all the more remarkable about the noise pollution advancing across the Maine soundscape is that like water and air pollution, noise pollution is entirely preventable.
The New York Center for Hearing and Communication founded International Noise Awareness Day to promote awareness of the dangers of long-term exposure to noise. Join the NHC and professional organizations, community activists and individuals around the world in celebrating the 16th Annual International Noise Awareness Day on April 27, 2011.
The content in the NHC’s online Noise Center will give you information and direction you’ll need to be part of this important global initiative. Should you need further guidance or assistance getting started, please contact Nancy Nadler at the Center for Hearing and Communication in New York at (917) 305-7810 or click here to send an email.