August 20, 2008
Listen here. Aired on Marketplace.
Living in New York, I'm used to hearing all sorts of sounds drift through the walls and floors of neighboring apartments. One of the biggest sources of noise complaints here and elsewhere is children: I have friends whose neighbors frequently harangue them about the noise of their children's feet and voices. It's caused a lot of angst, as my friends wonder how they're supposed to keep kids from behaving like kids. Some cases even go to court. But for soundproofers and acoustic consultants, unhappy neighbors mean good business.