It seems that modern restaurants tend to favor exposed duct work, open concept floor plans, and loud-bass heavy music over acoustical quality. Learn how a new app can help you ‘find your quiet place.
We’ve all been there – you’re excited to try out the popular new restaurant in your area and when you finally score a reservation, the food tastes great, but the environment is less than desirable. You were looking forward to catching up with an old friend but could barely hear what they were saying over all the noise. It seems that modern restaurants tend to favor exposed duct work, open concept floor plans, and loud-bass heavy music over acoustical quality.
The SoundPrint app is designed to help you ‘find your quiet space’ by allowing you search for and rate the sound quality of restaurants, bars, and shops in your area. ‘It’s like yelp, but for noise,’ says the SoundPrint website.
How it works
SoundPrint’s ratings are based on measurements taken by visitors. You can use the app’s internal decibel meter to measure the venue’s noise level, which you can then submit to the database for others to see. The app aggregates this data to give the venue a quiet, moderate, loud, or very loud rating.
Search for a quiet place
Before you make a reservation at that new restaurant you’ve been wanting to try, search for it on the SoundPrint app to see if it gets a quiet or moderate rating. You can also look at ‘The Quiet List’ for your city, a compilation of quiet venues near you.
How loud is too loud?
What does it mean to be considered ‘loud’ or ‘too loud?’ Common noise guidelines suggest:
- Quiet – 70 dB or below
- Moderate – 71-75 dB
- Loud – 76-80 dB
- Very loud – 81+ dB
Very loud is the threshold when noise become unsafe for your hearing. To put it in perspective, the chart below shows some common sounds that are considered ‘very loud’ and how long it takes for them to damage your hearing.
No matter where you are, decibel reader apps like SoundPrint can help you decipher when you should be using hearing protection. Having trouble hearing even in quiet environments? Use our online hearing quiz to see if you may have hearing loss. Check your hearing today!