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Loudness and annoyance of disturbing sounds - perception by normal hearing subjects
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden; Örebro University, Sweden; Swedish Institute Disabil Research, Sweden.
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden; Örebro University, Sweden; Swedish Institute Disabil Research, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Division of Speech language pathology, Audiology and Otorhinolaryngology. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Swedish Institute Disabil Research, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3350-8997
2017 (English)In: International Journal of Audiology, ISSN 1499-2027, E-ISSN 1708-8186, Vol. 56, no 10, p. 775-783Article 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 LTD , 2017. Vol. 56, no 10, p. 775-783
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Psychoacoustics/hearing science; noise; psycho-social/emotional; behavioural measures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-143748DOI: 10.1080/14992027.2017.1321790ISI: 000416642900009PubMedID: 28485649OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-143748DiVA: diva2:1166678
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