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Methods for measuring the real-ear attenuation of hearing protectors.

Hellweg-RD; Murphy-WJ; Lubman-D
ANSI/ASA S12.6-2008, Melville, NY: Acoustical Society of America, 2008 Sep; :1-31
Specifies laboratory-based procedures for measuring, analyzing, and reporting the passive noise-reducing capabilities of hearing protection devices. The procedures consist of psychophysical tests conducted on human subjects to determine the real-ear attenuation measured at hearing threshold. Two fitting procedures are provided: Method A) trained-subject fit, intended to describe the capabilities of the devices fitted by thoroughly trained users, and Method B) inexperienced-subject fit, intended to approximate the protection that can be attained by groups of informed users in workplace hearing conservation programs. Regardless of test method, the attenuation data will be valid only to the extent that the users wear the devices in the same manner as during the tests. This Standard does not address issues pertaining to computational schemes or rating systems for applying hearing protector attenuation values (see ANSI/ASA S12.68), nor does it specify minimum performance values for hearing protectors, or address comfort or wearability features. Method A of this Standard corresponds to International Standard ISO 4869-1:1990, Acoustics - Hearing protectors - Part 1: Subjective method for the measurement of sound attenuation, and Method B corresponds to ISO/TS 4869-5:2006, Acoustics - Hearing protectors - Part 5: Method for estimation of noise reduction using fitting by inexperienced test subjects.
Sound; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-protection; Hearing-protection; Personal-protection; Personal-protective-equipment; Standards
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Methods of estimating effective a-weighted sound pressure levels when hearing protectors are worn, ANSI/ASA S12.68-2007