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  A critical reflection on “noise” measurement
HEAD Press Release Herzogenrath (Germany), Jan. 31, 2014
A critical reflection on “noise” measurement
In order to assess the risk of hearing damage caused by high sound pressure levels, an A weighted sound pressure level measurement is sufficient. However, if the noise nuisance is caused by the perceived sound quality, this measurement is no longer sufficient, as a sound pressure level measurement neither accounts for the spectral composition nor for the temporal structure of sound events.
Noise is “created” by human perception and is interpreted based on psychoacoustic characteristics. Therefore the challenge is to develop suitable methods that deliver reliable statements about human noise perception. In the German journal “Lärmbekämpfung” (Noise Control), Prof. Dr. Klaus Genuit and Andre Fiebig explain the difficulty of measurement methods for determining disturbing noise sources and point to the problem of increasing noise exposure.
You can download the article (in German) at the following URL:
Genuit, K., Fiebig, A.
Lärm-Messung: Erweiterung von Lärmprognosen durch die Psychoakustik
Source: Lärmbekämpfung Bd. 9 (2014) No. 1,
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