Sound and the Restaurant Environment

Lindsay Hannah

New Zealand Acoustics, 17(3), pp.27- 36 . (2004).

The potential danger of “recreational” noise exposure has been well documented. It is a well known fact that many restaurants are noisy. Think about the last time you dined at your favourite cafe or restaurant. Could you hear the conversation of the person next to you, or did the background sound of the voices and other noise sources cause you to strain?