"Super fast" hand dryers may reduce people's time spent in a public toilet but for some the devices are causing "unwelcome stress", researchers said.Because... they're noisy. Yes.
Which might be a problem for a toilet attendant, but surely not for someone just visiting for the usual purpose for which a toilet is intended, surely?
Researchers from Goldsmiths, University of London, said that the high speed dryers can cause discomfort to elderly dementia sufferers, affect the navigation of visually-impaired people and even force hearing aid users to turn their devices off when entering public toilets.Oh, the humanity! Forced to turn off your hearing aid for 10 whole minutes! Maybe 15 minutes if you had a dodgy kebab!
Something must be done!
Lead author Dr John Levack Drever, head of the unit for sound practice research at Goldsmiths, said: "A wide range of vulnerable subgroups are being seriously affected by hand dryer noise, resulting in unwelcome stress in this sensitive space, and in extreme cases people are being excluded from public spaces, the workplace and schools."'Vulnerable subgroups'! 'Unwelcome stress!' 'Excluded'! It's buzzword bingo!
Dan Pescod, campaigns manager at RNIB, a charity for blind and partially sighted people, added: "Anything which masks ambient sounds could be a problem for a person with sight loss, to a greater or lesser degree. As hand dryers are often situated by doors, loud models could increase the likelihood of a person with sight loss having an accident. RNIB suggests that manufacturers should consider this risk when designing hand-dryers."Maybe they've considered it and decided there's no risk? Did you ever consider that?