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Scenario: I'm about to fall asleep with the T.V. on. Having completely forgotten that it was, no longer even hearing it, just before falling asleep I turn over with a 'fresh' ear and it's blaring. If I roll back over it will be noticeable, but quiet again. Waking hours my ears are fine, no worries. Is this some weird sleep induced brain shut-down going on?


How to deal with movies that bounce from too quiet to too loud

There’s no need to have your finger constantly hovering over the volume buttons.

Leave that remote where it is. Unless it's on a chair someone needs to sit in. People get chairs, not remotes. Loewe Technologies/Unsplash

I love big movie explosions as much as anyone, but I have a bone to pick with movie studios: It feels like every time I watch an action movie, I have to turn the volume way up just to hear the characters speak, then quickly turn it down every time something explodes. And when I’m not quick enough on the draw, my sleeping wife gets very angry.


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October 18, 2009 at 10:03 am, Charlie Butler said:

I have read all the things about my Neighbors stereo or TV is too loud and have approached him several times and the problem hasn’t been resolved. ( My Neighbor works for the landlord ), but I havent told mt landlord about the problem yet.
I think I’m going to start keeping a log and showing my landlord.
I’m thinking about moving anyway, but I havent found a place yet.
Plus my landlord wants 1 month written notice and I’ll still be stuck here after the written notice because I have given him first, last, and security Deposit and dont want to have any problems with my neighbor during my last month at this apt.

October 19, 2009 at 3:06 am, Craig Stairs said:

In the state of Pennsylvania your entitled to as you say “quiet enjoyment of your home” however I doubt the courts will ever define what that is. I represented a friend who was in a situation like this involving loud music and complaining to the landlord didn’t do any good. The landlord told my friend that nobody else was complaining and the loud music continued.

My friend never approached the neighbor and it was a good choice since the neighbor had a violent criminal record with multiple felonys. The court would not permit the lease to be broken because of the music and instead seemed to favor the landlord.

I don’t think it’s ever wise to approach a neighbor unless you’ve previously established a relationship with them. I would suggest letting them hear your TV and/or radio. They will get the picture if they can hear yours you can hear theirs.

October 20, 2009 at 11:59 am, Robin said:

I have a neighbor that lives in a small apartment below my bedroom, he plays his television NIGHT and DAY, I left him a note on his door politely asking him to turn it down. It really didn’t do any good because the tv still runs. ( he NEVER, EVER ) leaves his apartment (so it seems). To cut down on the noise at night ( when normal people sleep because they have to work for a living), I run a floor fan on the second setting. Not only does this cut down on the noise, but it also helps to prevent him from eavesdropping. I have a dual problem with this neighbor he also cooks the most awful smelling food. It must be some kind of meat I haven’t determined WHAT kind, but I compare it to whatever the smell of cooking hog poo would smell like. This OFFENSE odor is alternated with the smell of grease. Maybe fish, I don’t know, all I can envision is grease, Crisco, lard, whatever the f people use to fry food. These cooking odors from time to time are combined with cigarette smoke. The worst of the worst was one night last summer I woke up @ 2:00 am to the smell of some type of meat cooking mixed with cigarette. The smell stayed with me for the next few hours, in addition I ended up getting sick. I did not throw up, but was damn close. Since then I have started to burn cinnamon and vanilla candles. That seems to help. I understand that people should be allowed to smoke and cook in their own homes, and that’s just my point, GET YOUR OWN HOME otherwise have some consideration for your neighbors. Your neighbors do not enjoy smelling your crap!! And ecspecially @ 2:00 am in the morning, which by the way, who cooks @ 2:00 am in the morning.

December 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm, NoCarsGo said:

The “quiet enjoyment of your home” is ill-defined and difficult to enforce. In many American multi-occupant apartment buildings, the walls or floors have extremely poor acoustic isolation, to the extent that one can hear sounds of conversation at normal volume levels in the next apartment.

Therefore it is impossible to avoid some noise leakage into the next apartment. Without actually having the landlord structurally modify the building (filling floors and walls with acoustic insulation, for example, as is frequently done now in Europe), the neighbors do have to practice a measure of mutual civility and tolerance.

March 17, 2010 at 8:18 pm, Matt said:

NoCarsGo – probably one of the best & realistic postings I’ve seen on the subject. It sucks for sure, but it’s the building in a lot of cases.

August 28, 2010 at 4:42 am, Craig "The Hitman" Stairs said:

It’s not the building it’s the people living in the buildings that don’t have consideration for others in the building.

As far as smoking is concerned in the state of pennsylvania your not allowed to smoke in any business establishment for health reasons and since corporate apartment rental companies are under the control of hud laws it really shouldn’t be permitted either.

On the one hand you can say one should be bale to smoke in their own home, however they arent’ smoking in their own home they are smoking in a rented apartment that also contains other people for whom may not wish to smoke.

I’ve seen this type of activity in two buildings i’ve resided in with the noise/smoke. You can have neighbors for whom you’ll never even know are there or you can have neighbors that drive you crazy.

I would have to agree with the odds of winning anything in court in regards to noise would be slim unless your an attorney but stranger things have happened.

People (lawyers) have gotten out of leases over smells and other things but we aren’t all lawyers now are we:)


Neighbours TV on too loud? What to do?

Quick synopsis. Live in a council flat. Have health issues so am home most of the day. Have been here for a few years, have one teenager.

Over the last week I noticed radio/TV and boom-boom sounds coming from downstairs neighbour (a couple in all day).

I asked her about it today and she said it was from a new Dolby Surround TV thing they'd bought. She said she would try and move the speakers, turn down the bass, etc.

However, I can still hear it all day and evening - the muffled voices from the TV and radio. Even with classical music on all the time I hear this as well as boom-boom sounds (like a computer game being played).

I should say I have very sensitive hearing because of my health condition. I know this noise is really going to drive me nuts, to the point where I'll have to move. Where to I have no idea, no money, and so forth, but its the one thing thats important for my mental and physical health.

I don't mind occasional noise of everyday life, or parties, but since they have the TV on all day every day this is gonna really effect me.

I am waiting for the Housing Officer to get back to me, but I don't think she'll be able to do much, if anything. Its not like the neighbours have got loud music blaring on all night.

I feel upset and confused about it, and really don't know whats gonna happen.

Should have made it clear it was my classical music on to try and drown out the sound, but I can still hear it above that anyway.

Not trying to mitigate the impact that their noise is having, but would headphones work for you as an interim solution?

Noise itself doesn't bother me, it's the just on the edge of hearing muffled noise that you unconsciously try to concentrate on that bugs me. So I can sympathise.

I've heard of those white-noise cancelling out headphones. A thought, Grimbles, thanks. Yes its the edge of hearing constant muffled noise - plus the random boom boom.

We got a sound bar and from another room all you can hear is a "boom" noise from the bass. It wrecks my head when I go to bed and DH has it on downstairs. Maybe ask your neighbour to come up and have a listen? They could lower down the bass level hopefully.

Without going into it magic I know they're not going to do anymore. I'm gonna have to move aren't I ?

I really sympathise. I have the exact same with my neighbour. Hell when he turns it on randomly at 4am and the boom shakes my floor. My husband put a polite note on his door. To be honest it didn't make a lot of difference. Must confess I give the floor a good stamp when it's too loud

I'd suggest approaching the neighbour again and mentioning your issues? Surely surround sound isn't really necessary for regular TV.

Have spoken to them 3 times Algebraic. I was as nice as I could be and lets just say the third time she wasn't making eye contact back .

We live in tiny council flats with a tiny living room and poor noise insulation, why they have gone and got Dolby Surround Sound I don't know.

That's the worst. My flats are small too, terrible sound proofing. I can hear my neighbours phone conversations including the party on the other end, no exaggeration!
I'm looking nice because I can't put up with all the shouting, tv noise, music, smoking.
Can you request a move?

Well I can try . if I can find the bloody energy Algebraic (am ill). But anyway you have to be in a seriously dire situation to get a transfer or move where I live. There's hardly any social housing. Are you saying you are moving?

Everythings just shit at the moment. I just want some peace and quiet. And now I can't even get that for 5 minutes in my own bloody home. PM if you like!

Coping with health issues which limit options for respite away from such constant noise (and bass vibration, which can really make some people feel ill?) must make it even tougher.
Last thing you bloody need, if energy reserves etc. are already running low/ you're suffering with pain.

(If further action does need to be taken re council/ H.A. etc, it'd be well worth asking any medics you deal with to speed things along by providing strong evidence as to how your health is being negatively affected).

Sadly, as is usual with (un)neighbourly noise problems, the measures that can help minimise stress would already have been put to use by anyone with an ounce of consideration to begin with.

And for that to happen now, they'll have to admit to being at fault. Hmm.

I'm guessing they're merrily assuming that any racket before 11pm is fair game, even all day and evening-long.
Haven't read through this myself, but I'm sure checking noise nuisance details on UK Environment Law site will prove otherwise for you: www.environmentlaw.org.uk/rte.asp?id=70

For basic starters, they could use noise-absorbing mats/ panels for under and behind speakers/ 'bass traps' (shaped acoustic foam blocks which damp down the gut-churning vibration etc., which they'd position in room corners).

Do you know what type of flooring/ carpeting SelfishNeighbours have downstairs?

In your own flat, you've probably already tried/ are about to try heavy, thick rugs with deep underlay/ wall hangings/ cushions/ jam-packed extra bookshelves etc? All help soak up noise (though it shouldn't be you that has to fork out, frankly. and impossible, anyway, if you're financially very limited).

God, I'm getting severely riled on your behalf.

Maybe S.O.S. borrowing items from friends or family/ getting them to bargain hunt on your behalf (e.g. bulk buying charity shop paperbacks), if your health restricts you?

Regular desktop fan white noise, right by your bed also works.

Youtube has pretty good, free (hooray), continuous, 10hr-length audio white noise to plug headphones into.

Really hope things improve. Preferably without 'official' intervention.
Keep us updated.

^^ Well, that ended up an essay. Sorry all.

Yes sorry that should have read I'm looking to move, I am unsure why my phone autocorrected that!!

The doof doof doof will drive anyone to distraction. They should buy headphones, not you.

Endless loud thumpy thumpy is for people who live on desert islands.

But I really appreciate people understanding, thank you.

Has there been any peace for you today, so far?

Thanks Marilyn! I will have to wait and see what happens over the next few weeks. I haven't been home much today. But will post back at some point in the future. I still feel pessimistic about the outcome. But thanks for your ideas and sympathy though . As you and SpecialSubject describe is exactly how it feels.

^ Maybe getting ahead of myself - ToLiveWhere - the desperate I gotta get away from this noise feeling made me wonder.

Sorry no advice just wanted to you have my sympathy. That horrible bass noise where you can't quite make out the actually sound but can still hear it is awful. I have hearing sensitivity too from illness but I think most people would find it really wearing.

For evenings, have youvtried wax earplugs? You can trim them to size and they work really well. Not that you should have to but just to give you a break.

MusicTooLoud you are me! I have the same issue with the downstairs neighbour with the loud echoey speaker and the tv on all day, really noise sensitive and home most of the day. I even try to drown it out with classical music.
It's so frustrating as he was fine, could occasionally here a little bit but no big deal then a few weeks ago he literally sounded like he was in the room next to me.
We're in a privately managed block so a complaint to them has helped, but it so happens that our lease was up (renting privately) so we're moving to a little detached.
I really hope you can get moved somewhere more suitable as well. In the meantime, I found easy listening jazz is a bit more effective at covering noise as it's a more consistent volume than classical.

A know how you feel, a live on a street where one girl in her late fifties puts on a careers uniform and pretends to go to work when she signs on for Jobseeker's Allowance, complains about other peoples noise to pray on sympathetic ears yet uses power tools at 12 midnight in her back garden! And another who calls her neighbour a billy idol yet has no friends and does nothing but sit in her house all day while her dog barks in the backyard 24/7. Not enough straight jackets.

For everyone struggling with neighbour tv volume or even any music system annoyance —

I have an elderly lone neighbour very hard of hearing. For the last NINE years I’ve had her blasting her tv through the wall. I done all the right things like speak to her, write letters, speaking to her family etc but I’m still in this position. When I asked her politely if she could do something or if I could help, my life was made hell. She has damaged vehicles I’ve had using a wheelie bin, she’s told neighbours I’m persecuting her, she had a dog that barked round the clock and would throw dog waste over our fences (we had a toddler). She would bang on our walls round the clock, mainly during the night (she would sleep through the day). She sprays us with a hose in the summer over the fence, she has purposely damaged the fence she told me she would pay towards (she didn’t pay), she would shout and swear and insult us when seeing us in street in front of our young daughter, she would sing silent night over and over and over again (badly) for months on end, shouting it through the wall, (not around Christmas) and you won’t believe this - after full volume all night I knocked once after a night of no sleep at 0700 and again asked her to turn it down and stop banging. She opened the upstairs window and threw a hammer at me. Luckily it missed but she went and then telephoned the police!! I’ve spoke to family (they say phone the police and that she won’t listen to them), I’ve spoke to her gp who wasn’t interested, social services said there’s no need to provide support, ambulance service when they have had to break in to her house when she calls them and won’t answer the door. I’ve also spoke to PCSO’s, anti social behaviour dept at the council and environmental health. I’ve even asked my MP for help. NOONE has ever solved this issue for me. She won’t give any details to any agency of any family members (she was never married or had kids) and the agencies keep keep telling me because she’s old and vulnerable there is no way anyone would attempt any kind of prosecution or any sort of action even though I have anxiety, depression and tinitus. I work hard for a living and own my house, as she does, I am in need and trying to get on with my life in a normal law abiding way but no one seems bothered.

Well it seems all I had to do was to use a Sky tv remote through her window, use the auto scan feature to enable me to search for the correct code to control her tv and bang I managed to turn her tv off and she will have no idea how it happened.
And for all you lot who have no idea how it feels and will make no effort to really understand, no I’m not nasty and no I’m not waiting til she dies and no I’m not moving because I can’t afford to and no I don’t feel sorry for her anymore and no I can’t move the bed to another room and no I can’t afford soundproofing (not that it would make any difference). I have only signed up to this site so I could post this in the hope this simple solution will be able to help someone so I won’t be able to see any replies. I can’t think of any law I have broken by the way.

That all sounds horrendous. I don't know how you have kept going through all that. People are so selfish with their noise. We live next to a rented property. Not all tenants who rent are noisy of course - posts on here are from renters. I rented quietly for years. But there have been 5 different groups of residents in the time we have lived here and I am so tired now of having to approach people over noise that I tend to just fight noise with noise when I think it might get a message over. I feel really immature doing that, but my ability to keep politely asking different people for reasonable manners has worn thin.

Any update on your situation? Been living next door to an elderly lady for the last few months with a loud TV. However her family are on my side, I think. Only problem is when they leave the house, she turns it back up. Hope your problem has resolved itself.


Why Do So Many Current TV Shows Have Background Music So Loud It Drowns Out The Dialogue?

Why do so many current TV shows have background music so loud it drowns out the dialogue? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

Answer by Laurence Shanet, Director of TV, Films, Commercials, on Quora:

As many of the existing excellent answers have already covered in pieces, there are a few different things that may be at work here, some of which you can address and others which you can't.

  • The actual audio mixers of the TV shows: As Kenneth van der Walt so insightfully mentioned, the audio mixer(s), director, editor, composer, sound designer and other creative personnel involved with doing the final mix of the show have already heard the dialogue dozens (and maybe hundreds) of times. Further, they've also read the script many times. So they know what the characters are saying. This makes it much easier for them to understand the dialogue even when the relative levels are too low for a novel viewer to understand. It's basically a function of the nervous system and how you process language and sound.
  • What the soundtrack is trying to accomplish: When they do a sound mix, the artists mentioned are mostly concerned with things like emotion and action, and keeping things dynamic. So they tend to err on the side of emphasizing sound effects, music and all the non-dialogue elements of the soundtrack.
  • The time frame: TV production tends to be very rushed compared to feature films, and they often spend less time perfecting the dialogue's equalization. This can become even more complicated by the fact that they are often using "ADR".
  • ADR: This stands for "automated dialogue replacement', "additional dialogue replacement", or "additional dialogue recording", depending on whom you ask. Basically they have the actors record a lot of the lines of dialogue in a studio after the actual shoot in case they need to replace any of it during the edit. In TV, this is done more hastily than in films, and isn't always finessed. Also, it makes the overall dialogue sequence uneven and hard to mix so that it all sounds like one smooth thing. Sometimes the difficulty in hearing things comes from them trying to smooth out this patchwork quilt of sound and hide the edits.
  • Your TV and sound system: Every television has different speakers of different quality geared towards reproducing different kinds of sounds. And if you use a home theater audio system, this is another variable in what you hear. The audio mix is optimized to a totally different set of equipment than than you are listening on. And how you've adjusted your system can affect how easy or hard it is to hear the dialogue.
  • Your speaker arrangement: Though it's part of the sound system mentioned above, it bears calling out on its own. Modern sound mixes are designed to be heard on surround sound systems that feature anywhere from 4 to 12 speakers. Each of those components have a different part of the sound range they are responsible for, and their relative balance is important. In a system designed for surround sound, the absence or incorrect integration of a central sound bar can make the dialogue much harder to hear, as can listening to it without the system type the mix was designed for.
  • Your seating position: Audio systems are made to be listened to from a specific position for optimal performance. Speakers can be focused on a specific area and tuned to a room.
  • Your own hearing: We all have different hearing ability just as we all have different eyesight. Some people pick up different parts of the sonic range better than others. Also, as we get older, and as the instrument that is our ears gets used and abused over time, the ability to hear the higher end of the range diminishes and the lower/bass end can feel emphasized. This bass end is more likely to be part of the music or sound effects than dialogue, and parts of the sonic components of dialogue can be lost.
  • Your settings: Your TV, cable/satellite box, receiver, and each element of your audio system all have their own settings. Because there are so many options, one may override or cancel out some of the others, resulting in a less than optimal mix.

So what can you do? Most of these things, especially the sound mix itself, are out of your control. But there are a few things you can look into to help your plight. It may not fix every show, and you may have to make different adjustments for different programs, but you can at least try some of these measures:

  1. Try adjusting the audio settings on your TV (if that is the main set of speakers that you listen on). Your TV will probably have various options for tweaking the audio in its menus. Some have presets for different types of viewing (sports, talk, movie, etc.). Some allow you to directly play with the dynamic range and emphasize different parts. You may also want to try different modes, such as turning surround off, or going with simple stereo or mono to get everything on fewer channels. Some even have options for emphasizing dialogue. Explore the internal audio menus, and don't even worry about what the menu says they're for. Try them all. Presets especially don't always do what they say, but they usually do something. Also, resist the temptation to turn the overall volume way up. The louder you turn up your the sound to try and hear it, the more it's likely to distort over your TV's speakers, which usually aren't as capable of handling loud sounds as a stereo system's.
  2. Try adjusting the audio settings on your source (the cable, satellite, or digital receiver) menu. There are sometimes options on this component that emphasize different parts of the audio range, just like those on your TV. Again, regardless of what they say they are designed for (sports, movies, etc.), try them all and see which one works best for you. If the source is providing limited or crappy sound, it doesn't matter what your TV or sound system are doing they can only use the signal they're given.
  3. Adjust your home theater or sound system or change speakers. Same idea as the above two things, but there will be more options here. If you don't have a home theater or sound system, consider adding one. Your electronics store can point you at ones that help emphasize soundtrack dialogue. Conversely, if you currently use a sound system, consider turning it off and listening only to the television speakers. Sometimes by narrowing the range of available sounds you can de-emphasize the music and SFX. It's about finding a way to optimize the soundtrack for your hearing.
  4. Add a sound bar. If you don't have one already, you can often add a sound bar to a TV's built-in sound system, and you can almost always add one to a separate sound system. Modern mixes are made to play the dialogue over this channel, and if you don't have one, that could be part of the problem. On some you can control the volume of this element separately and boost the dialogue till it's as high as you like.
  5. If all of those things don't help at all, you can consider adding a graphic equalizer to your system. A multi-channel graphic equalizer can allow you to boost specific frequencies of sound and lower others, so you can boost what you want to hear. They're often not very expensive if you already have a sound system.
  6. Try headphones. This may be a last resort, but you and your husband may have better luck understanding dialogue over headphones. They can eliminate outside sounds that make things harder to hear, and they distort less at high volumes than room speakers do.

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Bearing the Bad News

Unfortunately, muting commercials is such a controversial matter that nobody has even attempted to make it a reality these days. Copyright infringement claims are prevalent and real, which is very likely associated with the current commercial-muting situation.

TV service providers and studios have successfully sued and received court injunctions for copyright infringements, and they can take anyone that attempts to change their content to court. Muting commercials could constitute such an unlawful alteration.

Most of the solutions are homemade and meant for private use, while others have long been discontinued. Still, it&rsquos worth taking a look at these projects to show you what worked and how we hope it may look like in the future. Also, if you&rsquore tech-savvy, you might be even able to replicate some of the ideas shown here. (Just remember to share with the community.)

MuteMagic

One of the most famous discontinued solutions to TV commercials is MuteMagic. This device cost only $40 at the time and was simple to set up. All you had to do was connect it to the TV and let it do its work. It used infrared technology to send a command and mute the sound system.

It used to work exclusively in North America and was sold only in the US and Canada because NTSC was the only supported broadcasting system. Surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly), the users were very satisfied, hailing it as an excellent product despite not being accurate 100% of the time.

Another product that looked very promising was supposed to be called Mutr, but unlike MuteMagic, it never saw the light of day. This device was announced in 2017 with a few promotional and showcase videos on YouTube, but there has been no real update since then. Even its website hasn&rsquot been updated all this while.

According to the people behind Mutr, it can identify the start of a commercial break by sensing the differences between it and the actual program. It&rsquod then send a command to the audio output device to either change the channel or mute. It&rsquos supposed to come with an infrared port, an Ethernet input, and a Wi-Fi antenna.

Kommercial Killer

There were multiple projects made using Raspberry Pi and Arduino, the most popular small computing platforms. One of these is called the Kommercial Killer. It&rsquos a small portable device that can automatically mute a TV, as well as unmute it, from the other side of the house.

Its main advantage was not having to use the infrared remote control system that most TVs have, or any sort of wiring in general. Instead of that, it can learn a TV&rsquos mute command, including that of new TVs. The default unmute interval of three minutes is set to the average duration of a commercial break. However, this can be configured.

The KK requires three different modules: a UHF radio receiver, an infrared module, and an Arduino Trinket board for the time interval of the commercial break.


Loud Commercials on TV

Do television commercial advertisements sometimes seem louder than the shows they accompany? TV stations are prohibited from boosting the average volume of commercials to levels beyond the programs they accompany.

FCC rules for loud TV commercials are based on the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act.

Adjust your settings

If you are experiencing spikes in volume with both programming and commercials, you may be able to change the settings on your television or home theater system to help stabilize overall loudness. Many televisions and home theater systems have features to control loudness, such as automatic gain control, audio compression, or audio limiters, that can be turned on to provide a more consistent volume level across programs and commercials. These functions usually need to be activated through the equipment's "Set Up/Audio" menu.

Some commercials with louder and quieter moments may still seem "too loud" to some viewers, but are still in compliance because average volume is the rule.

Filing a complaint

The FCC does not monitor programming for loud commercials. We rely on people like you to let us know if they think there's a problem. If you have experienced what you believe is a violation of the rules regarding the loudness of commercial TV ads, you may file a complaint with the FCC at no cost.


Filing a Complaint about Loud Commercials

The Commission will rely on consumer complaints to monitor industry compliance with the rules. You may report commercials that seem louder than the programming they accompany to the FCC at any time. This information will help identify possible problem areas and will assist the Commission in enforcement of the rules. Specifically, the Commission will use the detailed information from complaints to identify patterns or trends of noncompliance for a particular station, pay TV provider or commercial.

We recommend that you file your complaint electronically using the Commission’s online complaint form found at https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov/hc/en-us. To access the form, click on the Complaint Type button -- TV (includes Cable and Satellite), or Radio -- then the File Complaint link. Once the form opens, select the "Issues" drop-down box, and then click on the “Loud Commercials” option. Additional fields will then appear that are relevant to this topic. Click on the “Submit" button to file your complaint online. To enable the Commission to evaluate your complaint, you should complete the form fully and accurately.

You may also file your complaint by fax to 1-866-418-0232 or by letter mailed to Federal Communications Commission, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Consumer Inquiries & Complaints Division, 45 L Street NE, Washington, DC 20554. If you need assistance filing your complaint, you may contact the Commission’s Consumer Call Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) (Voice) or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) (TTY). There is no fee for filing a consumer complaint.

In order for the FCC to evaluate the complaint, we need the following information:

  • State if you watched the commercial on pay TV (such as on cable or satellite) or if you watched it on a broadcast television station using an antenna
  • The name of the advertiser or product promoted in the commercial
  • The date you saw the commercial
  • The time you saw the commercial
  • The name of the TV program during which you saw the commercial
  • State which TV station (by call sign and/or channel number and the station’s community) or pay TV provider (with its system location) transmitted the commercial and
  • If you watched the commercial on pay TV, the channel number on which you saw it and the cable programmer or network, such as CNN or HBO.

How To Deal With Loud Talkers

It can be horrible to have to tell someone to alter their behavior, whether you know and love them, work with them, or can just hear them yabbering away down the other end of your train carriage.

These are some tips on how to approach the situation delicately and how to get the best possible outcome for everyone involved…

1. Be considerate.

Try to understand the reasons behind it.

Be patient with this – everyone has gone, or is going, through something you don’t know about.

It can be hard to slow down and not get frustrated straightaway, but it’s a great skill to practice and learn.

Think about their other behaviors – are they loud and also fidgety (could be anxiety) or rude (could be egotistical) or very anal (could be control issues).

It can be difficult to process someone’s actions in context because we often just get annoyed at what’s going on right in front of us, but you’d like someone to do the same for you if one of your actions was upsetting them.

2. Add context.

As mentioned above, it’s easy to make snap decisions about people’s behavior – especially when it’s something abrasive like being too loud.

Try to think about why someone may be acting like this.

Not just the deeper meanings like above, but contextually.

Are they being especially loud in your Monday meeting because they’re selfish, or because a lot of people have been fired recently and they’re feeling insecure?

Maybe your friend is being noisier than normal – is it because they’re trying to control the conversation or because their parents just got divorced and they’re feeling off-balance and overwhelmed?

Think of yourself, too – how many times has your normal behavior shifted when you’ve been very stressed or angry or upset over something?

3. Communicate with them.

If someone in your life continues to speak loudly and it’s starting to become an issue for you, it may be worth telling them.

Now, the way you do this really depends on the nature of your relationship with them.

If it’s a close friend or family member, be kind when you tell them and try not to blame them for it.

You can considerately mention it one time, “Oh, you’re quite loud today, are you okay?” rather than, “Wow, you’re always so loud!”

If they feel like you’ve been thinking this for a long time, they’re more likely to take it personally and feel a bit betrayed by you.

With work colleagues, and friends and family, you can just be honest without being provocative.

Approach the situation nicely, almost make a joke of it if you need to, and do your best to keep them feeling comfortable.

“I love you, but you’re yelling a little bit! Let’s turn the music down so we don’t need to talk so loudly.”

This makes them feel safe and not attacked, and, by mentioning yourself in the sentence rather than just them and their behavior, you’re not isolating or blaming them, you’re just drawing attention to it.

4. Be polite.

It may be that someone on your train home is loudly talking on the phone, or the table next to you at dinner is literally drowning out your own thoughts.

Dealing with a stranger who is talking loudly is a very difficult one and is a situation most people try to avoid.

If you feel the need to mention something, do it with the utmost politeness!

Approach the situation calmly, making sure your own voice is soft and quiet.

Make sure you say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’

You can be slightly self-blaming if you need to be. Something like:

“I’m so sorry, would you mind being slightly quieter if possible, please? I’ve had an awful day and I’m feeling quite overwhelmed.”

This shows you’re acknowledging that it’s you requesting they change their behavior due to a personal reason, rather than you just telling them to shut up because they’re so annoying!

If you’re in a public space, you can always ask staff to do this for you – wait staff will gladly pop over to the table in question and suggest they lower their voices a little bit so as not to disturb other customers.

Remember, if you’ve asked someone to keep it down, you have to honor that request – that means putting your phone on silent, otherwise you’ll be very embarrassed to suddenly be the loud one.


Reset Sound Settings

After some tweaking of the sound levels and presets on your TV, you may want to start over with a clean slate. The reset option lets you return all audio settings to their factory defaults, removing any and all changes you have made since first setting up the TV.

1. Open Sound Settings. To reset all audio adjustments, open the Sound Settings and then go to Sound Adjustments.

2. Open Advanced Settings. At the bottom of the Sound Adjustments menu, you will find the Advanced Settings, where you can reset all sound settings.

3. Reset sound. To remove all settings changes, select reset on the advanced settings menu.

4. Confirm reset. Finally, the system will ask you to confirm that you want to reset all sound settings to the factory default. Select yes.