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A real-ear field method for the measurement of the noise attenuation of insert-type hearing protectors.
Michael PL; Kerlin RL; Bienvenue GR; Prout JH; Shampan JI
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-181, 1976 Jun; :1-162
A method is developed for measuring the real-ear noise attenuation of insert-type hearing protectors worn in work places. The method involves the use of a circumaural headphone set comprising a muff- type hearing protector fitted with earphone drivers, tested and used to measure noise attenuation for five models of insert-type hearing protectors. Statistical analysis show strong correlations between the attenuation data measured by the field method and standard- method procedures for all nine one-third-octave-band test signals. General recommendations of a measurement procedure are given for the field method. The method is intended primarily as a technique for documenting the variability of hearing protector performance in the work place.
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-74-0063; Hearing-protection; Noise-levels; Personal-protective-equipment; Measurement-methods
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DHEW (NIOSH) Publication No. 76-181; Contract-099-74-0063
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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