Does extreme restaurant noise ruin your dining experience?Personally, I get really frustrated if I have to yell in a restaurant or when I have to strain to hear the person sitting across from me. I keep track of particularly obnoxious restaurants and try to avoid them. You can also use an app called SoundPrint to see the loudness of a venue (in decibels) on a map.
Recently I decided to start a podcast called about noise, acoustics, and sound solutions, and the first episode focuses on restaurant noise. In this episode, I visit some restaurants and record what it's like trying to hold a conversation at 85 decibels or above.
Then I contrast those environments to a restaurant with sound absorbing panels on the ceiling. The panels really made a difference. Finally, I interview the president of Audimute and we talked about how their acoustical consultants deal with different environments like loud restaurants -- and about some of their sound-panel options.
You can subscribe to this new podcast in iTunes or listen to it with Castbox. Or you can stream episode 1 here.