Nuisance assessment of different annoying sounds based on psychoacoustic metrics and electroencephalography
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Katedra Mechaniki i Wibroakustyki, AGH w Krakowie
Submission date: 2016-05-31
Acceptance date: 2016-08-05
Publication date: 2016-09-19
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Maciej Kłaczyński   

Katedra Mechaniki i Wibroakustyki, AGH w Krakowie, Al. Mickiewicza 30, 30-510 Kraków, Polska
Diagnostyka 2016;17(3):67-74
The aim of the study was to assess whether four psychoacoustic parameters (sharpness, roughness, fluctuation strength and tonality) are useful in describing the perceived annoyance of selected noise sources with respect to an objective assessment based on the acoustics standards. Second goal was to verify if the perceived annoyance of such noises correlates with dominant frequency in electroencephalography (EEG) frequency bands. Twenty sound sources, varying in the degree of nuisance, have been assessed by 178 respondents in an Internet-based psychoacoustic test. Obtained annoyance grades were correlated with calculated psychoacoustic and normative parameters and the positive correlation between perceived annoyance and three psychoacoustic parameters (sharpness, roughness and fluctuation strength) was found. In the second part EEG study during listening of recorded sounds was performed on 18 healthy volunteers. Spearman’s rank correlation confirmed that dominant frequencies in alpha (7-14 Hz) and beta2 band (20-30 Hz) were rising with the increasing annoyance of the sounds. Results obtained may be useful in specifying and clarifying permissible noise levels for annoying sounds.
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