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Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds: perception by normal hearing subjects
Örebro University Hospital. Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Örebro University Hospital. Audiological Research Centre, Örebro University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro, Sweden.
Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, Örebro, Sweden; Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 56, no 10, 775-783 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: Sounds in the daily environment may cause loudness and annoyance. The present study investigated the perception of loudness and annoyance for eight different sounds present in a daily sound environment and at nine different levels varying by ±20 dB around the recorded level. The outcomes were related to tests of participants' auditory and cognitive abilities.

DESIGN: The participants undertook auditory and working memory (WM) tests prior to ratings of everyday sounds previously shown to be disturbing for persons with hearing impairment (hearing aid users).

STUDY SAMPLE: Twenty-one participants aged between 24 and 71 years, with normal hearing threshold levels.

RESULTS: Both perceived loudness and annoyance were primarily driven by the sound level. Sounds emitted from paper were rated as having greater loudness and being more annoying than the other sound sources at the same sound level. Auditory and cognitive abilities did not influence the perception of loudness and annoyance.

CONCLUSIONS: Loudness and annoyance ratings were mainly driven by sound level. Expectations of a sound seemed to influence the assessment of loudness and annoyance while auditory performance and WM capacity showed no influence on the ratings.

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Taylor & Francis, 2017. Vol. 56, no 10, 775-783 p.
Keyword [en]
Psychoacoustics/hearing science, behavioural measures, noise, psycho-social/emotional
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Otorhinolaryngology Other Medical Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-60890DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2017.1321790PubMedID: 28485649Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85019114085OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-60890DiVA: diva2:1142547
Available from: 2017-09-19 Created: 2017-09-19 Last updated: 2017-10-12Bibliographically approved

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