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The current status of standards for testing electroacoustic hearing protectors.

Authors
Murphy-WJ; Franks-JR
Source
First Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics/144th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Cancun, Mexico, Dec 2-6, 2002. Melville, NY: Acoustical Society of America, 2002 Dec; :1-15
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20023595
Abstract
Electroacoustic hearing protectors encompass several classes of electronics: level-limiting, amplitude compression and active noise control (ANC) devices. Each class of protector seeks to enhance performance by overcoming insertion loss and/or improving low-frequency attenuation. Level-limiting devices turn off the amplification when the external sound level exceeds a preset threshold. Amplitude compression devices apply variable gain and limit amplification of signals above the threshold. ANC devices create an out-of-phase signal under the protector to improve the low-frequency attenuation of earmuffs. ANC devices typically perform best in continuous noise that has strong harmonic components that can be predicted and cancelled. The different methods of enhancing protector performance require separate standards to understand both the static and dynamic performance. Testing of ANC devices has further requirements which require knowledge of both passive and active electronic conditions and in noise with different crest factors. This talk will review a variety of tests of the different protector classes.
Keywords
Hearing-level; Hearing-protection; Hearing-threshold; Ear-protection; Ear-protectors; Noise-absorption; Noise-control; Electronic-components; Electronic-devices; Sound-attenuation; Testing-equipment
Contact
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Hearing Loss Prevention Section, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C-27, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
Publication Date
20021202
Document Type
Formal Presentation
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
First Pan-American/Iberian Meeting on Acoustics/144th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Cancun, Mexico
State
OH
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