In April, I visited the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. It was not my first visit, and I’m sure it will not be the last one. I visited with a group of fellow writers, and we took the subway down. Even though I live in the Bronx, I had not taken the subway in quite some time, a year or more. I simply had no need. Where I was living at the time, driving became more important than using the subway.
On the way down, I was reminded of why I disliked the subway. The noise levels were way too loud. A study done by researchers from the University of Washington and Columbia University in 2009 concluded that some subway platforms were equivalent to listening to a chainsaw. I moved to New York in 2004, but it wasn’t until four or more years later—after discovering that I had hearing loss—that I started to wear earplugs when riding the subway. Someone who was studying to be an audiologist told me that hearing loss wasn’t natural, although people generally assumed that it was. Read more.