As you can see from my job description, I am a broadly experienced user of school cafeterias. What I absolutely despise about the school cafeteria is the noise: The cacophony of screamingly loud chatter, the clank of lunch trays, and the screech of chairs. As a person with a hearing loss, the noise makes it impossible for me to have a conversation. The noise is so great, that I have to take out my hearing aid.
If you do a search about noise in the cafeteria, you will find hundreds of entries and articles about this subject. I found out that the in several American school cafeterias measured at 70-85 dB (decibel)! A decibel is a unit used to measure the intensity or loudness of a sound. To give you an idea, a normal conversation measures at 60 dB. A lawnmower measures at 85-90 dB.
For anyone, the lawnmower-level noise makes conversation impossible. As a teacher, I am concerned that it is damaging the students’ social skills as well as their hearing.
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