Noise level assessments

subjective vs objective measures

Elizabeth Beach*, Warwick Williams, Megan Gilliver

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The aim of the study was to establish the accuracy with which individuals can estimate the noise level of everyday events to which they are exposed. A group of 45 volunteer participants was recruited to wear personal noise exposure meters for periods of up to five days. The volunteers kept diaries of their daily events and were requested to estimate the noise level of all events on a 1 to 10 Likert scale. The results showed that participants could successfully estimate the noise level of daily events, suggesting that individuals are able to make reasonable estimates of the noise level of events they experience. This result is of potential significance for those interested in producing effective hearing health awareness programs in that individuals may be able to assess their own degree of hazard exposure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAcoustics 2011: Breaking New Ground
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society
EditorsDavid J. Mee, Ian D. M. Hillock
Place of PublicationQueensland
PublisherAustralian Acoustical Society
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780975785584
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Acoustical Society Conference 2011: Breaking New Ground, Acoustics 2011 - Gold Coast, QLD, Australia
Duration: 2 Nov 20114 Nov 2011

Other

OtherAustralian Acoustical Society Conference 2011: Breaking New Ground, Acoustics 2011
CountryAustralia
CityGold Coast, QLD
Period2/11/114/11/11

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    Beach, E., Williams, W., & Gilliver, M. (2011). Noise level assessments: subjective vs objective measures. In D. J. Mee, & I. D. M. Hillock (Eds.), Acoustics 2011: Breaking New Ground: proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australian Acoustical Society [140] Queensland: Australian Acoustical Society.