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The Community Noise Lab is devoted to taking a more nuanced and creative inquiry into the relationship between community sound and noise issues and corresponding health impacts—both physical and mental, and both positive and negative.
Our research approach is centered on a community-identified noise issue, which we investigate using real-time sound monitoring and innovative citizen-science tools including NoiseScore, our in-house smartphone application. With community support, we leverage these data to understand noise issues and their impacts, bringing about a more equitable and just community soundscape.
Our work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal.
The Community Noise Lab is funded by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and our lab is housed within the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health.