It’s that time of year again—SoundPrint’s Find Your Quiet Place (FYQP) Challenge! Each October SoundPrint sponsors the FYQP Challenge to raise awareness about how loud restaurants and other gathering places have become and to encourage users to collect sound level data using the SoundPrint App. SoundPrint uses the sound measurements from the Challenge to advocate for safe noise levels, help communities find quieter places, and protect the public’s hearing health. Will you join in?
What is SoundPrint?
SoundPrint has been described as Yelp, but for noise. The app works through crowdsourcing. When you visit a venue, take a sound reading and upload it to the app where it combines with other readings to give each venue a quiet score. Then, when you need to find a quiet place, you benefit from the SoundChecks of others too.
Like many good ideas, SoundPrint grew from a personal need. The founder, Gregory Scott, who has hearing loss, was looking for quiet venues for dates. It was tough, because even when restaurants were listed as quiet, they often were not. He began measuring the sound levels of venues, keeping his own list of quiet locations and sharing them with friends.
So many people wanted his list, he created an app to share it with others. And it grew from there. Today SoundPrint has crowdsourced “Quiet Lists” for more than 16 cities worldwide. It’s not just for restaurants. The lists also include coffee shops and other quiet spaces around town.
Will You Join the Challenge?
During the month of October, 30+ prominent hearing health organizations will participate in the 2023 FYQP Challenge to collect sound level data using the SoundPrint App. We’re excited to once again partner with SoundPrint to promote hearing health awareness.
How can you participate? Beginning Sunday, October 1 and continuing till the 31st, use the SoundPrint app to measure sound levels at local venues (restaurants, parks, shops, offices, theaters, cafes). The goal is to measure and submit as many sound levels as possible. Prizes will be awarded to the most dedicated participants! One lucky winner will take home a signed copy of Hear & Beyond: Live Skillfully with Hearing Loss!
Using the SoundPrint app is simple. Once downloaded, your smartphone turns into a decibel meter allowing you to take sound measurements everywhere you go and submit them to the app’s database.
Readers, will you join the challenge this year?