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Noise control solutions for indoor firing ranges.
Noise Control Eng J 2010 Jul; 58(4):345-356
Peak sound pressure level measurements conducted at indoor firing ranges ranged from 157-168 decibels (dB). Exposure to high-intensity impulsive noise during target shooting at indoor firing ranges has been identified as a significant contributor to noise-induced hearing loss among shooters. In addition, firing ranges that are constructed with adjacent areas or housed within a larger building structure require minimal sound transmission to occur outside the firing range. Several principles of noise control engineering can be applied to improve the absorption of impulse noise inside the firing ranges and limit the transmission of such impulses to adjacent areas and spaces. Although little can be done to control the direct exposure of shooters to the firing of their own firearms, several noise control solutions are presented to reduce the secondary exposure off reflected surfaces and from other shooters. This paper will provide a general overview of noise control solutions aimed to improve sound absorption inside the firing range and reduce the transmission of airborne and structural-borne sounds to adjacent areas and facilities.
Noise; Noise-induced-hearing-loss; Noise-control; Engineering-controls; Control-technology; Noise-exposure; Noise-levels; Noise-propagation; Sound-propagation; Sound-attenuation; Impulse-noise
Issue of Publication
Noise Control Engineering Journal
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division