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Quieter, please: New products keep it down a bit

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LG's TrueSteam Dishwasher was designed to emit less noise. As people age, their tolerance for noise can diminish. Manufacturers are responding with new products that are significantly quieter.

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LG's washing machine, with a Direct Drive motor, runs much quieter than conventional machines.

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Homeowner Christine Igot knows one thing for sure. "I will not have a fridge in my kitchen ever again," she says firmly. In the new house she's building, in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, the 51-year-old is putting the refrigerator in a pantry off the kitchen and will double insulate the walls. Why? All that noise, noise, noise. "Decreased tolerance for loud sounds is a fairly common symptom of age-related hearing loss, as the range of comfortable listening levels seems to shrink," says Ted Madison, an audiologist in St. Paul, Minn., and a representative of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
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    • LGs TrueSteam Dishwasher was designed to emit less noise. As people age, their tolerance for noise can diminish. Manufacturers are responding with new products that are significantly quieter.
    • LGs washing machine, with a Direct Drive motor, runs much quieter than conventional machines.
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