Serving Patients in Oregon and Washington
Some restaurants should be required to post a noise warning. These eateries are designed from floor to ceiling to be loud. In fact, the reverberant acoustics seem to be part of their marketing plan. For early arriving guests who often tend to be older, the high decibel level may discourage lingering and allow them to turn the tables for waiting guests. Those later arriving diners tend to be younger who may like it. More noise means the place is active and fun. When it’s noisy people tend to eat and drink more and talk less. According to a Denver Post article, at Jax Fish House in LoDo, the decibel level is 94. At another popular downtown eatery, the Vesta Dipping Grill, the dB level is 91. That level is purposeful, at least on Friday and Saturday nights when a younger crowd gathers.
And in Denver, there are situations where the violation of a noise ordinance can be considered a crime. Most recently, there has been a dispute between neighbors of the Red Rocks Amphitheatre (owned by the City of Denver) and producers of Electronic Dance Music, which typically features a DJ playing and mixing club music at a high volume. A similar situation arose during this summer’s Chive Fest in City Park where neighbor complaints regarding performers’ noise levels have the Denver City Council looking into modifications of its ordinance.
What to do? The obvious solution is avoidance of those places that are annoying and potentially damaging to hearing. If that is not an option, always carry a pair of OTC ear plugs available in any drug or hard ware store for “noise emergencies.”
If you questions or comments about any of the above, contact any of competent and caring providers at the Hearing Rehab Center.