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Laboratory annoyance and different traffic noise sources

Laboratory annoyance and different traffic noise sources

Journal of Sound & Vibration 70(3): 333-341

The acute annoyance reaction to different noise sources (lorries, aircraft, mopeds and trains) was investigated in a laboratory experiment. Students were exposed to different noise climates at noise levels 70 and 80 dB(A) for 25 min and their reactions were subsequently assessed by questionnaire. Their general sensitivity to noise was also evaluated. Leq [energy equivalent sound level] gave the best correlation with annoyance. Lorry noise was less disturbing than aircraft noise at the same Leq value. This was more pronounced if the different noises were compared at equal peak dB(A) levels. Other factors such as the irregularity of the noise or the individual experience of the noise are of importance for the annoyance reaction. A relationship was found between the general annoyance score and annoyance reactions in the laboratory. Questionnaires could thus be a suitable tool for identifying noise sensitive persons.

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DOI: 10.1016/0022-460x(80)90303-x

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