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Towards room acoustics for an elderly population

Davies, WJ, Cox, TJ, Kearon, AT, Longhurst, BJ and Webb, CL 2000, Towards room acoustics for an elderly population , in: Acoustics 2000, Liverpool.

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A qualitative social survey has been conducted on a group of 207 elderly people with a hearing loss. The aim of the study was to determine the extent to which acoustic problems in the built environment affect this subject group. The project was thought necessary because most areas of the built environment are designed using an assumption of normal hearing. The work was conducted as part of the EPSRC EQUAL programme to extend the quality of life for disabled and elderly users of the built environment. It was found that the speech communication of elderly people was significantly affected by the presence of background talkers in a reverberant environment. However, some routine social interactions can tolerate poor speech communication. Considerable evidence of subjects adapting their behaviour to acoustic problems was found. For example, a large number of subjects experienced poor reception with hearing aids. This prompted them to use the aid selectively. Also, poor sound insulation in domestic dwellings gave a strong disincentive for some subjects to use their television sets at a comfortable listening level.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: hearing loss speech reverberation
Themes: Built and Human Environment
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering > Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC)
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics
Publisher: Institute of Acoustics
Refereed: Yes
Funders: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Depositing User: Dr W. J. Davies
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2012 14:03
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2015 00:04
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