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ERIC Number: ED035223
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 32
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Noise, Health, and Architecture.
Beranek, Leo L.
There is reasonable agreement that hearing impairment is related to noise exposure. This hearing loss due to noise is considered a serious health injury, but there is still difficulty in delineating the importance of noise related to people's general non-auditory well-being and health. Beside hearing loss, noise inhibits satisfactory speech communication in offices, conference rooms, engineering spaces, factories, and ships' compartments, and produces annoyance in residential neighborhoods or multi-family dwellings. Some "noisy" environments can be made more tolerable through architectural design, while in others, machine redesign or ventilation system quieting may solve the problem. In either event, there is an evident need for a U.S. Bureau of Living Standards to work in parallel with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Standards in assuring comfort in our home lives as well as safety and efficiency in our working lives. Noise criteria charts and tables are included. (KK)
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Authoring Institution: Bolt, Beranek and Newman, Inc., Cambridge, MA.