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A procedure for the assessment of low frequency noise complaints

Moorhouse, AT, Waddington, DC and Adams, MD 2009, 'A procedure for the assessment of low frequency noise complaints' , The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA), 126 (3) , pp. 1131-1141.

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      Abstract

      The development and application of a procedure for the assessment of low frequency noise (LFN) complaints are described. The development of the assessment method included laboratory tests addressing low frequency hearing threshold and the effect on acceptability of fluctuation, and field measurements complemented with interview-based questionnaires. Environmental health departments then conducted a series of six trials with genuine "live" LFN complaints to test the workability and usefulness of the procedure. The procedure includes guidance notes and a pro-forma report with step-by-step instructions. It does not provide a prescriptive indicator of nuisance but rather gives a systematic procedure to help environmental health practitioners to form their own opinion. Examples of field measurements and application of the procedure are presented. The procedure and examples are likely to be of particular interest to environmental health practitioners involved in the assessment of LFN complaints.

      Item Type: Article
      Themes: Health and Wellbeing
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Acoustics Research Centre
      Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (JASA)
      Publisher: Acoustical Society of America
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 0001-4966
      Depositing User: AT Moorhouse
      Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2011 11:50
      Last Modified: 23 May 2014 11:50
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/18459

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