Dimming the din of outside noise

Home life is changing, so sound dampening is more important than ever.

Life is getting louder inside and around the home. Televisions, home theaters, computers and video games blare from almost every room. Family cellphones ring or buzz.

Life gets loud. So much so that the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders says as many as 26 million Americans have high-frequency hearing loss likely caused by exposure to excessive noise.

Excessive noise is also linked to ti...

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