[bct] Re: Noise

  • From: "Don Ball" <dball10@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 01:30:23 -0500

carpeted floors, wall covering, and even seating position make a difference
in what you hear. some restaurants seat lots of people but you can still eat
with a level of privacy because the place has done the necessary research to
eliminate noise or cut it to a minimum.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Busboom" <mbusboom@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 9:58 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Noise

Has anyone tried to keep up on what is being done (from a
technological perspective) to isolate noise?  I know nothing about
it, but it would seem that people who have hearing impairments and
blind people who can't tolerate high amounts of noise have convergent needs.

I am aware of technologies that are designed to direct "sound beams"
that contain information to specific individuals in a crowd while
others in the crowd hear nothing.  Wouldn't it be great if you could
use a similar technology to cancel specific noises while letting
other sounds through?

Whenever I travel to the United States, I am amazed at the decibel
level in many restaurants.  When I asked someone who worked at a
restaurant about this, she cited a statistic in which she alleged
that restaurants kept the music at a level that ensured a higher
turn-over of patrons.  She said that the average patron could stand
71 minutes of music at a specific decibel level before getting up and
leaving.  I believe that we as blind people have a harder time in
such places because we don't get the visual cues which often mitigate
some of the negative effects of noisy environments.

My very best to all of you,


At 03:39 PM 11/02/2006, you wrote:
>Not only is it impossible to navigate in loud places, it hurts my ears big
>time--both then and pain continues for quite a while, even when it's quiet
>again.  Beth

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