Annoyance effects of passive MP3 player listening

Mark Thorley

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2012
    EventInternoise 2012 - New York , United States
    Duration: 19 Aug 201222 Aug 2012


    ConferenceInternoise 2012
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityNew York

    Bibliographical note

    This paper was presented at InterNoise 2012 August 19-22 New York City and organised by INCE (Institute of Noise Control Engineering - USA). Details of all the papers are available at the INCE Digital Library at and will be published as a CD compilation. Author's note: The field of noise control and environmental acoustics is becoming increasingly concerned with the health effects of noise. Noise pollution has been linked to stress, anxiety, heart disease, cancer and strokes to name but a few. Whilst there is extensive research (and standards) on noise from airports, noisy factories etc., the phenomena of passive listening remains unexplored. It has the potential to significantly change the design of MP3 playing devices, the acoustic management of spaces, and the management of public spaces towards better public health.
    Paper will be presented at Internoise 2012 (the 41st International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering) in New York 2012, and published by INCE (Institute of Noise Control Engineering).
    Rigour -
    The paper bases its premise on existing understanding of acoustics, noise, and health affects but applies these to a new phenomenon brought about by the new technology of MP3 players.

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