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May 04 2018

How noise can affect our dining experience

In our last post we discussed tips for hearing in noisy restuarants. Diffuculty communicating is the most obvious way noise affects our dining experience. But, did you know that noise may also affect our sense of taste too?

Thats right. A recent study published in the journal Flavour found that noise can impact how we perceive the taste of our food. In particular the the study found that taste for salty and sweet food was diminished when loud background noise was present. Though the biological mechanism for this is not well understood yet, the effect seems to be real with a statistically significant difference in the the way food tasted to those exposed to noise versus those who were not. Future research in this area will hopefully shed light on why this occurs.

How about you? Have you noticed your enjoyment of food change based on the background noise level? Feel free to leave a comment here or on our Facebook page. For questions or to book an appointment please contact one of our convenient locations below.

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