When Navy veteran Roy Finegan posted a complaint about his noisy upstairs neighbor on Nextdoor.com in January, he didn't expect an outpouring of empathy from his fellow Long Beach residents let alone a solution to his problem. But the former is exactly what he got, and the latter has lately become an increasingly attainable goal. Thanks to a grant from the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, HomeFront Rising is helping Roy build a Noise Relief Room that will hopefully end his misery.
Roy was a diesel mechanic on the USS Independence from 1989 to 1993. He worked under a flight deck where aircraft constantly landed. The intense roar and clatter has left him with permanent tinnitus and other unpleasant effects that would make it difficult for the average person to cope with even normal circumstances. Roy's plight is made more challenging by what sounds to him like a bowling ball being dropped on the floor above him at all hours of the day and night.
The good news is that Roy has carpentry skills, and HomeFrontRising is recruiting experts in relevant fields to facilatate the design and construction of a large, almost-soundproof booth that will significantly reduce ambient and acoustic noise. The plan is to keep making the product for other low-income veterans who are plagued by a loud racket, and who otherwise would be forced to endure their predicament. The Noise Relief Room can be used for Zoom meetings or recording/practicing musical instruments/vocals, as well as for escaping all sorts of disturbing sounds. It can be any size, and various features can be added. Click here to apply for a free Noise Relief Room. Click here to donate.