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Am 26. April 2017 fand der 20. Tag gegen Lärm – International Noise Awareness Day statt. 
"Akustische Vielfalt in Deutschland" war das Motto für den diesjährigen Tag gegen Lärm.

Logo_INADIn diesem Jahr war der Tag gegen Lärm auch verbunden mit dem International Noise Awareness Day in Europa:
"Noisella in the Sound Space" - animierter Film der EAA zum International Noise Awareness Day 2017
Wettbewerb "Sounds of my place - Geräusche meines Ortes" der European Acoustics Association (EAA) für interessierte Schulen in allen europäischen Ländern

Die Klasse 10.3 der Gemeinschaftsschule auf dem Campus Rütli in Berlin hat beim Wettbewerb "Sounds of my place" den 1. Platz in Deutschland belegt. Herzlichen Glückwunsch!
Die Siegerprämie in Höhe von 200,- € wurde dankenswerterweise von der HEAD-Genuit-Stiftung gesponsert.
Das prämierte Video können Sie sich hier ansehen. Die gesamteuropäischen Gewinner finden Sie hier.

In Deutschland ist der "Tag gegen Lärm" eine Aktion der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Akustik (DEGA e.V.). An diesem Aktionstag geht es darum, die Aufmerksamkeit auf die Ursachen von Lärm und seinen Wirkungen zu lenken, mit dem Ziel, die Lebensqualität nachhaltig zu verbessern. Die Informationen und Aktionen am "Tag gegen Lärm" richten sich an Erwachsene und Kinder sowie fachlich interessierte Kreise und politisch Verantwortliche. 

Die DEGA bietet weiterhin kostenlos Aktionstage zur Arbeit mit dem Lärmkoffer an Schulen an. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

Der Termin für den "Tag gegen Lärm 2018" steht fest: Er wird am 25.04.2018 stattfinden.


As a last point, we have listed some recommendations for a quiet day that everyone should follow, even if they might decide not to join the “International Noise Awareness Day”.•    Become aware of the noise you create on your own.

  • Do not produce any more noise than necessary and/or inevitable, given the circumstances. Pay attention to everyone's right of silence.
  •  Respect everyone's right of silence.
  • ALWAYS wear hearing protection when required or recommended. Only use products with optimal hearing protection.
  • Check your kid's toys! Clickers and alarm pistols can damage hearing, even after a small time of exposure.
  • Before each activity, check if hearing protection is needed, e.g. when mowing lawn, cutting hedges or doing home improvements.
  • Avoid leisure activities that might expose you to high sound levels.
  • Avoid leisure activties that might expose you to a lot of noise.
  • Check possible critical volume control levels on your radio and TV devices.
  • Do not use your horn for fun or out of carelessness.
  • Review your habits: does the radio or TV have to be on as background noise?
  • Get your hearing checked periodically by experts.
  • Encourage your friends and neighbors to follow suit and check off and review the points above each day.

All of these bullet points can be done with little effort, but have a massive impact! Therefore, consider all of these points again and take one or two of them to heart.

All of our ears (especially your own) will thank you for it.

Incentive and goals

„For the people in Germany, noise is still one of the biggest environmental-disturbances. They are most bothered by traffic noise (54%). But also neighborhood noise (ca. 40%) as well as air craft noise (21%) are perceived as a disturbance.“ [UBA 2015]

This has been a well-known problem for years. Some things have changed: there are low-noise road surfaces, quieter airplanes and tires, that are constructed to be quieter on the road. However, in general, the pollution seems to be increasing; sleep is not let undisturbed and new studies have shown an impact on the cardiovascular system. Children's, teenager's and adult's performance capability is affected.

The quality of life is suffering. Commitment is much needed:
Regulations alone are not the answer. More knowledge about noise exposure is required; most of all specifically on how to avoid severe noise exposure.

What makes up the sound that disturbs?
When does sound become noise?
Many studies show that din and noise contribute to negative psychological and physiological changes in the human being, just like similar stressors. Neither a singular person, nor a group of people will unquestioned endure noise becoming a „natural byproduct“ of the society.

As a matter of fact, traffic noise has become the main objection of the population. Not only is noise a neuralgic point for adults, but especially for our children.

The biggest goal of the International Noise Awareness Day is to attract attention to the noise problem and to establish and nurture the awareness for hearing.
This goal can be achieved by many different ways. The actions below are just a small selection of possible activities and merely have the purpose of conveying an idea on how to achieve this goal:

  • Free hearing threshold testing
  • Lectures and movies about hearing
  • Lectures about aspects of sound and sounds
  • Open forums and discussion events
  • Reports by affected people that come from heavily noise exposed areas
  • Interviews or discussions with experts for hearing research
  • Level measurement at interesting public places and/or instutions
  • Hearing demonstrations open for participation
  • Organization of the event „15 seconds of silence“ on the „Noise Awareness Day“ at 2:15pm
  • Author's readings regarding the topic „noise“
  • Dramatic play: „Acoustic Journey Through The Day“
  • Open day, for example at ENT clinics
  • Educational and informational events

Any other types of activities that arouse interest about problems with focus on noise and its impact are welcome.

For specific examples, please regard the activities that have been conducted to this year's International Noise Awareness Day since 1998.

To address a broad basis of people, it is necessary to max out all available possibilities and to present and make them available them in a compact way on the International Noise Awareness Day. The suggestions for activities listed above are supposed to be conducted at schools, universities, health departments, ENT clinics, and other public institutions. The entire event is supported by the press, TV and radio and gets nationally promoted by each of these.

The more activities with the goal to inform about the impact of exposure to noise take place on the International Noise Awareness Day, the bigger the demand for silence will be.

People and institutes, that are willing to participate in the International Noise Awareness Day, are still needed for the nationwide implementation of all activities. Please decide yourself, which activity you would like to initiate and conduct!

For this purpose, contact us and present your ideas and suggestions. According to your own preference and conditions, your activities can be structured individually!

Also read the tips for how to best participate on the International Noise Awareness Day.

Should you not have the opportunity to conduct any activities, but are interested in the International Noise Awareness Day, please do contact us, we would love to help you out.

We would be thrilled if you could tell your colleagues, friends and acquaintances, neighbors and any other interested people about our activities, so that this campaign may reach its goal: A Noise Awareness Day


“Noise experts”: (meaning acousticians, physicists, engineers and other scientists, physicians and psychologists, hearing aid acousticians, audiologists and other institutes that deal with noise and its impact):

Get in contact with local citizen's initiatives and federations regarding questions about noise. Organize hearing tests for free. Support schools and other educational institutions with the planning and performance of campaigns around the “International Noise Awareness Day”.

Citizen's initiatives and self-help groups:

Organize a local meet up for people that feel affected by noise. Arrange for some of the “noise experts” mentioned above to do noise measurements. Inform yourself about statutory measurement methods and norms that come into effect in Germany.

Citizen’s initiatives, associations and individuals:

Get in contact with local institutes such as acoustic centers, ENT-clinics and -doctors, health authorities, universities, etc. Contact the Federal Environment Agency and the Federal Health Board. Inquire your local hearing aid acousticians and audiologists about free hearing tests. Acquire information material about noise, noise impact and hearing damage.

Teachers and pupils:

Organize teaching events about the topic of noise. Noise can be looked at from different angles: physical, medical, biological, political, societal, historical, … aspects! Establish working groups. Conduct informational events about noise impact and hearing damage. Induce your pupils to take hearing tests or take the entire class to a free hearing test.

To all participants:

Tell your relatives, friends and acquaintances about your experiences with noise. Explain the danger and risks of noise regarding health and wellbeing. Encourage others to wear hearing protection when required or recommended. Respect everyone's right of silence and help protect silence. Check yourself with respect to the noise you create. Participate on the “International Noise Awareness Day” by joining the “15 Seconds of Silence” at 2:15pm and convince as much of your friends as you can to do the same.

(We strongly urge individuals, organizations, citizen's initiatives and others to turn to “noise experts” to ensure the greatest possible impact with all activities!)

Information for the campaign „Noise Awareness Day“

The International Noise Awareness Day is taking place in Germany since 1998. The sensitization in relation to the problem of noise along with the spreading of knowledge about causes and consequences of noise (both socially and health wise) are elementary constituents of the “Noise Awareness Day”. In addition to that, continued education of the population about sound and its impact, as well as sustainable reduction measures fit for the different spheres of life represent a central task of this initiative. By the use of activities, all revolving around the “Noise Awareness Day”, the public is sustainably informed about the topic of noise in terms of change of noise polluted life situations.

Through its continuity over the past 20 years and its public acceptance, the „Noise Awareness Day“ has become an institution that has a permanent place in Germany’s calendar. The “Noise Awareness Day” takes place in April, always scheduled coordinated with the “International Noise Awareness Day”. Prof. Dr. Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp has been the directress of the “Noise Awareness Day” campaign since it first took place in 1998.

The “Noise Awareness Day” is aiming everyone who is interested in noise, its causes, consequences and countering, including people affected by noise, subject-specific interested groups and people with political responsibilities (citizens, economy, politics).
The “Noise Awareness Day” helps citizens create competent solutions for noise problems. However, there is also a focus on imparting knowledge about the importance of protecting the sense of hearing.

With the help of the yearly occurring campaign day, the DEGA (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Akustik, “German Association of Acoustic”) is informing the public – with a focus on children and teenagers – versatilely about the different types of noise problems and its consequences.  Through the support of the media, people with political responsibilities are made aware of this problem and thereby, an influence on the progression of the noise control politics is ensured. This campaign day therefore also has the aim to promote long-term, sustainable strengthening and immersion of the topic noise-related environmentalism.

The DEGA does not only pool nationwide activities with its technical committees such as “Lärm: Wirkung und Schutz” (Noise: Impact and Protection), “Hörakustik” (Audiology) and the “Arbeitsring Lärm der DEGA (ALD)” around the “Noise Awareness Day”, but also does its own activities. These activities do not only address the current relevant issues, but also known noise problems in the public. Over the past years, many events were conducted, regarding issues such as aircraft noise, noise-related activities or 30 km/h zones on arterial roads. In Berlin, Coswig, Darmstadt, Munich and Siegen, participants were led to both noisy areas and “quiet zones” in their respective residential environment or commune, all under the aspect of “sound walks” with the goal to demonstrate different types of noise, as well as preventive measures already taken. Within the frame of the “Noise Awareness Day 2013”, a “noise suitcase” was developed for schools, containing measuring instruments and teaching units including instructions for experiments concerning the evaluation of sound and its impact. Information regarding the “noise suitcase”, available for lending for not only schools, but also organizations or public institutions, can be found here. The “noise suitcase” was developed by Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp and her team in a project funded by the Umweltbundesamt (Federal Environment Agency) in Germany.

DEGA's long term partners (such as the Berufsgenossenschaft der Bauwirtschaft (building sector's trade association, short BG Bau) and the Gesundheitsladen München (health shop Munich)) conduct activities regarding the “Noise Awareness Day” (e.g. training's for the apprentices thematizing the dangers of noise exposure).

The number of participants and activities on the subject of noise pollution that all happen in relation to the “Noise Awareness Day” is enormously large every year.
To ensure a consistent image for all activities, each year placards and flyers are prepared with special focus on the respective chosen motto, which can be ordered for free (only the packaging fee will be charged). All material of the past years can be found here.

As a result of the nationwide broadcasting of the “Noise Awareness Day” over the internet plattform www.tag-gegen-laerm.de and the high number of agency reports regarding the “Noise Awareness Day”, a broad dissemination in both local and nationwide press regarding these topics can and has been achieved. In doing so, not only do the press release subjects regarding the “Noise Awareness Day” get picked up, but local noise problems get discussed.

Join the “International Noise Awareness Day” and with your action, contribute to a continuing enlightenment about sound and its impact, so that the topic of noise, or respectively noise mitigation may stay on everyone's lips and may be recognized with a level of importance that it deserves.

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