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Comparison of three acoustics test fixtures for impulse peak insertion loss.

Authors
Murphy-WJ; Flamme-GA; Meinke-DK; Finan-DS; Lankford-J; Khan-A; Sondergaard-J; Stewart-M
Source
J Acoust Soc Am 2011 Oct; 130(4)(2):2433-2434
NIOSHTIC No.
20039811
Abstract
Acoustic test fixtures (ATF) for testing the impulse peak insertion loss (IPIL) of a hearing protector are described by American National Standard ANSI S12.42-2010. The self-insertion loss, ear simulator design (canals, microphone, and temperature), hardness of the area surrounding the pinna, and the anthropometric shape of the head has been specified in the standard. The IPILs of four protector conditions were evaluated with three ATFs during an outdoor field study using firearm noise. The Etymotic Research ER20 musicians' earplug and electronic (EB1 earplugs), the Peltor Tactical Pro earmuffs, and a combination of the TacticalPro and ER20 protectors were tested at 130, 150, and 170 dB peak sound pressure level with the Institute de Saint Louis heated and unheated fixture and the GRAS 45CB heated ATF. IPILs exhibited good agreement across all three fixtures for earplugs. Significant differences were observed between the fixtures for the earmuff-only condition. These differences were more evident for the double-protection condition.
Keywords
Hearing-protection; Hearing; Hearing-level; Hearing-threshold; Sound; Acoustics; Acoustic-vibration; Impulse-noise; Ear-protectors; Noise-protection; Noise-control; Noise-exposure; Noise; Protective-measures; Protective-equipment; Laboratory-testing
Contact
William J. Murphy, NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway MS C-27, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1998
CODEN
JASMAN
Publication Date
20111001
Document Type
Abstract
Email Address
wjm4@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B10262011
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
0001-4966
NIOSH Division
DART
Priority Area
Construction; Manufacturing
Source Name
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
State
OH; MI; CO; IL
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