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Annoyance reactions to noise from motor vehicles An experimental study

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The article contains an account of the results of two experimental studies, comprising in the one case 80 and in the other 40 subjects. The main object of the experiments was to study the annoying effects of different motor vehicle sounds in relation to each other.

Tests with paired comparisons at a constant sound level between noises from 2 private cars, 1 truck, 2 motorcycles and 2 motor-assisted cycles gave the following sequence of ranking from the point of view of annoyance:

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A comparison between one of the motor-assisted cycle noises and one of the private car noises at varying sound levels showed that the noise from the motor-assisted cycle was experienced as being equivalent, from the point of view of disturbance, with that of the private car at a sound level that was lower by ca. 8 dB. The average gradation between the four groups of vehicles mentioned above was estimated on the basis of this figure as ca. 2 dB.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1963

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  • Acta Acustica united with Acustica, published together with the European Acoustics Association (EAA), is an international, peer-reviewed journal on acoustics. It publishes original articles on all subjects in the field of acoustics, such as general linear acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, macrosonics, flow acoustics, atmospheric sound, underwater sound, ultrasonics, physical acoustics, structural acoustics, noise control, active control, environmental noise, building acoustics, room acoustics, acoustic materials, acoustic signal processing, computational and numerical acoustics, hearing, audiology and psychoacoustics, speech, musical acoustics, electroacoustics, auditory quality of systems. It reports on original scientific research in acoustics and on engineering applications. The journal considers scientific papers, technical and applied papers, book reviews, short communications, doctoral thesis abstracts, etc. In irregular intervals also special issues and review articles are published.
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