Here are details of some other organisations that are concerned with unwanted background music in public places.

Action on Hearing Loss

Action on Hearing Loss (formerly Royal National Institute for the Deaf) campaigns on behalf of people with a hearing problem. This includes highlighting the difficulties of hearing television programmes when there is background noise, including background music. One of their campaigns is "Access to Television" and their website provides details as to how to complain and where to send it. They cover all the main broadcasters. They have also launched a Speak Easy campaign, alerting restaurants and cafes to the difficulties the hard of hearing face when there is excessive background noise, including piped music, in their establishments.


Action on Hearing Loss Scotland

The Scottish section of Action on Hearing Loss campaigns for the 850,000 people in Scotland who are deaf or have a hearing loss. One of the things they want to ensure is equal access to public services, shops, business and entertainment. They hold decision-makers to account when 'reasonable adjustments' required by the Equality Act (2010) aren't made.

Against forced music in hospitals

Patients in hospital wards, and in doctors' and dentists' waiting rooms, are often forced to listen to other people's choice of music, or to the noise of their televisions. Unwanted noise is stressful. When people are ill and vulnerable they often want peace and quiet and yet this is often denied them. Anyone who wants to listen to music or the radio can do so easily through headphones. Please sign the petition against piped music and television in hospitals and medical surgeries, places which people have to visit and where forced music may be literally impossible to escape. We have also produced a list of quotations from genuine patients with health conditions that make having to listen to unwanted background music particularly stressful. If, like many people, you are uncomfortable complaining in a medical environment, please download the quotations and send them to the relevant medical practice.


Do you find the background music on television and radio programmes is often so loud that you are unable to hear the dialogue, or the natural sounds in wildlife documentaries? Sound problems are the single most consistent topic of viewer complaints to the BBC.  Please complain if background music prevents you from hearing a programme.


Decorac Acoustic Panels

This is a new not for profit social enterprise which manufactures sound absorbing wall panels for restaurants and public spaces where background noise is a problem. It was set up by a retired acoustic consultant to provide convenient and practical assistance to proprietors and managers seeking to improve their listening environment. It issues a "Hear here" award sticker which will be provided to any establishment hosting a good listening environment.


Ideas for Ears

Scottish-based not-for-profit social enterprise which supports businesses and organisations in creating customer environments, public spaces and workplaces that are suitable and comfortable for all hearing abilities. An interactive website which allows people who have specific hearing requirements to explore solutions that service providers can make available to them, and to discover solutions that can be helpful for personal use. Aim is to make the UK a more hearing-friendly nation - one that is considerate of people's hearing needs and more effective at addressing them. 

Institute of Hearing Research (Glasgow)

Older people with hearing loss often suffer from a condition called "recruitment", which means that they hear background music at a louder volume than younger people without a hearing problem.  So it's a double whammy - not only are they struggling to pick up conversations against the noisy background, but they are actually hearing the "noise" at a louder volume. The IHR is undertaking research into how hearing loss in older adults affects their health and quality of life and their auditory perception, especially in the domains of spatial perception and speech intelligibility. They are also investigating what benefits hearing aids can offer. At the moment these are limited. Hearing aids can't just amplify everything because it quickly becomes painful to listen to. You have to use compressors which ensure that quiet sounds are made louder, but loud sounds are not. Then the compressors in turn cause problems with hearing speech in noisy backgrounds.

Muzac Free Eden

An overview of muzac in the Penrith/Eden Valley area of Cumbria. This is an area where very few shops and supermarkets play piped music so the list contains the ones that do play it in order that you can avoid them. Pubs and restaurants in the area are listed according to those which are free of music; those which say they play it but where it is inaudible; and those where it will be turned off on request.

National Autistic Society

Charity for people with autistic spectrum disorders, whose aim is to improve the lives of autistic people. National Autistic Society Scotland is based in Glasgow. Recently the charity has had success in persuading large UK supermarkets and shopping malls to introduce 'quiet hours' so that adults and children with autism, together with their families and carers, can shop in comfort.

Noise Abatement Society

National charitable foundation which aims to raise awareness of, and find solutions to, noise pollution and pollutants related to solving noise issues, for example light disturbance and air pollution.

A Peace of London

Blog about quiet, cultured and unique places to explore in the capital. Includes small museums, quiet coffee shops, peaceful parks and gardens, bookshops and libraries. Recommendations for places to write and work in peace.

Pipedown International

This organisation campaigns for freedom from piped music in public places. Pipedown is supported by Alfred Brendel, Stephen Fry, Lesley Garrett, Julian Lloyd Webber, Joanna Lumley, Tony Parsons, Philip Pullman, Simon Rattle, Mark Rylance, Prunella Scales, Jake Wallis Simons, Claire Tomalin and millions of others. Downloadable factsheet available.

Quiet Ann Arbor

The first branch of Pipedown in the USA, launched in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in July 2017.


Quiet City Maps

Site dedicated to finding places in New York that are relatively quiet and comfortable, where noise is manageable and a conversation can be had without screaming. Includes decibel readings for each establishment.

Quiet Corners

Reviews of places throughout the UK without piped music.

Quiet Scotland

Scottish group affiliated to Pipedown. Members campaign for freedom from piped music in public places, with special emphasis on Scottish businesses. They try to highlight the effects this music has on people with medical conditions, such as ME, autism, dyslexia, and hearing impairment.


Rehab for Addiction

Advice for people in UK seeking recovery from alcoholism, drug addiction, behavioural addiction and eating disorders. Includes advice on overcoming addiction for the sensory-impaired


The Right to Quiet Society

A Canadian organisation covering "soundscape awareness and protection" which includes unnecessary background music. Their website includes an extensive list of worldwide links. They issue a quarterly "noiseletter".


UK Noise Association

UK voluntary non-charitable campaigning organisation against noise which also carries out research and produces publications.


Last updated October 2019

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