Download The Effects of Sound on People (Wiley Series in Acoustics Noise and Vibration) PDF

Download The Effects of Sound on People (Wiley Series in Acoustics Noise and Vibration) PDF
by James P. Cowan (Author)

Provides a summary of current research results on the physiological and psychological effects of sound on people

Covers how the operation of the hearing mechanism affects our reactions to sounds Includes research results from studies on noise sources of public concern such as transportation, public utility, and recreational sources, with emphasis on low frequency sound and infrasound Covers sounds that affect some but not others, how sounds can be controlled on a practical level, and how and what sounds are regulated Includes coverage of both positive and negative effects of sound

Sound is and always has been a source of pleasure and pain in our lives. Sound perception was key to our survival until recent times when its importance was diminished with the advent of secure shelter, but it still affects each of us profoundly. Only recently through credible scientific studies have we been able to understand why sound affects us in so many different ways. Parallel to this scientific exploration of the hearing mechanism has been the development of the field of acoustics, which has provided methods for describing sound behavior and rating its associated intensities. Descriptors in any technical field can be confusing without proper training, and the field of acoustics provides ample material to feed that confusion.
Regulations have been introduced since the 1970s to address the potential negative health effects associated with noise exposure, but the extent of those effects and a clear link between noise and anything other than hearing loss have not been adequately defined. The explosion of unfiltered information available to the public over the past decade through the internet has led to even more confusion and we are at a point at which it is difficult, if not impossible, for a person without technical knowledge in this field to separate credible from speculative information. It is with this in mind that this book has been written.
Karl Kryter wrote three seminal books on the negative effects of sound on people, p ublished between 1970 and 1994 – The Effects of Noise on Man(1970), Physiological, Psychological, and Social Effects of Noise(1984), and The Handbook of Hearing and the Effects of Noise(1994) – each one building on the next. These volumes were comprehensive and technical, and many changes have occurred since they were published, especially in terms of research results and the types of noise sources of concern to the public. This book is not meant to replace any of the valuable contributions Dr. Kryter has made to the field of psychoacoustics and, besides these works, there is no single book available that s  ummarizes research efforts related to the effects of sound on people.
This book is for the non‐technical student interested in understanding the state of current research in this field. More than 1,000 references were reviewed and close to 500 were included as those being the most credible, unique, and relevant to the latest research results. 
The descriptors commonly used in these publications are explained, along with common misinterpretations and misuses of the descriptors from experience and review of s peculative publications


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