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We’ve all heard about restaurants with overly loud music. Back in the mid-90s, the same music that Mario Batali blasted in the kitchen blared in Babbo. Diners raised their voices and complained. But, did you know that background music can actually influence what you eat?
Noise levels above 85 decibels are harmful to human hearing
The decibel level of a sound is measured with a sound level meter. The higher the decibel level, the louder the sound is. The lower the level, the more comfortable the sound is. In general, sounds below 70 dB can be tolerated for a few hours without causing any damage to your hearing. However, noise levels over 85 dBA can seriously damage your hearing.
Noise-induced hearing loss is one of the leading occupational health threats in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, noise levels can be controlled and prevented. By implementing a noise control program, employers can protect their employees’ hearing from damage. The noise level in a restaurant must be lower than 85 decibels per hour. This is the eight-hour time-weighted average.
Restaurants playing loud music are dangerous to your hearing if they aren’t properly designed. These noise levels can easily exceed the recommended daily noise level for healthy adults. This includes the roaring of traffic, yelling sirens, and screeching subways. However, some establishments in New York City were unaware they were breaching federal guidelines. Owners of places like the Brooklyn Star said they would install insulating foam under tables and hang sound absorption boxes.
Diners raise their voices to complain
Noise problems are a common complaint among diners, and they’re especially common in restaurants. According to a recent survey by Action Against Hearing Loss, 91% of respondents would not return to a restaurant with excessive noise levels. Additionally, 79% admitted to leaving a restaurant early because of the noise. Regardless of the cause, loud music in restaurants is not pleasant for diners, and it can have a negative impact on the hearing of those who suffer from hearing loss.
Fortunately, there are solutions to this problem. Restaurants can reduce background noise levels through several measures. One way is to reduce the financial incentives that encourage loud music. Some restaurants offer diners financial incentives to raise their voices in order to be heard. This will reduce diner complaints and increase their revenue.
Another method is to ask diners to be quiet. However, waitstaff cannot directly tell diners to speak quietly. They can only make it appear as if they are trying to avoid a conflict with other diners. This might cause a misunderstanding and a confrontation. Furthermore, it might make diners feel like fuddy-duds.
Background music influences food intake
The use of background music in restaurants can affect consumers’ food intake. A recent study suggests that loud music may reduce the desire to eat healthy food. The study looked at the impact of music on mood, taste expectations, and purchase intentions. A recent review of the literature found that loud music influences the desire to eat unhealthy food.
Previous studies have shown that background music influences food intake. For example, people who listen to classical music tend to eat ten percent more food than those listening to fast tempo music. Other studies have also demonstrated that people who hear music while eating have a greater tendency to consume unhealthy food. The researchers noted that the effect may be more pronounced in larger samples of the population.
The authors cautioned that more experimental studies are needed to determine the exact relationship between background music and food intake. It is also important to note that the results of this meta-analysis could be influenced by other factors. For example, the number of articles included in the meta-analysis could be smaller than originally thought. In addition, the authors found that there were a limited number of studies on this topic.
It can lead to increased consumption of burgers
According to a new study, restaurants playing loud music can increase the consumption of unhealthy food. While loud music tends to make people want to order burgers and fries, it can also influence their buying decisions. Restaurants with low ambient music increased the sales of healthy foods.
To conduct the study, researchers played various music genres at varying decibel levels. The first level, at 55 decibels, was equivalent to background chatter. The loudest level, at 70 decibels, caused participants to order more unhealthy foods. This result was consistent over a period of several days.
It is important to remember that a loud restaurant can put off guests. For instance, older and hard-of-hearing patrons may be turned off. In addition, it can cause a loss of conversation. In general, people want to enjoy their dinners without being distracted by loud noise.