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  1.  (1907.1)
    I dunno if any fellow at Whitechapel lives in Cairo, but this NY Times article about noise at the city started some questions in my mind. It's possible living with some higher decibel levels at ears night and day? What strategies against random noise is possible? Some kind of "musical noise"?

    This is not like London or New York, or even Tehran, another car-clogged Middle Eastern capital. It is literally like living day in and day out with a lawn mower running next to your head, according to scientists with the National Research Center. They spent five years studying noise levels across the city and concluded in a report issued this year that the average noise from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. is 85 decibels, a bit louder than a freight train 15 feet away, said Mustafa el Sayyid, an engineer who helped carry out the study.
  2.  (1907.2)
    Earplugs.
  3.  (1907.3)
    Well, earplugs works, but not very often. There are ocasions when you unplug the ears (with a social interation, for example). Noise cancelation headphones could be more fitted to this 95 decibel noise per second...
  4.  (1907.4)
    Ach, yes. I used to live on the side of a main road, next to a major railfreight junction, next to a nightclub and less than a mile from the runway of an airport - you could see the people on the planes as they went past the window. Probably not as bad as Cairo, but the noise was 24/7, with articulated trucks and container trains at all hours.

    When we moved house, it took us several days to get used to the comparative silence, we'd be whispering in the house as everything sounded deafening.

    I did wonder if there was anything we could do with noise cancellation on a room-wide scale, but not as far as I could find...
  5.  (1907.5)
    go deaf.
  6.  (1907.6)
    This is why iPods are so popular...
  7.  (1907.7)
    I always had to have music to go to sleep to, took the edge off the traffic noise.