Subject Areas

The principal subject areas of the 14th ICBEN Congress are:

1. Noise-induced hearing loss

  • navigate_nextHearing loss, tinnitus, and balance problems associated with noise
  • navigate_nextOccupational noise and hearing loss
  • navigate_nextLeisure noise/ noise from portable music players and hearing loss
  • navigate_nextScreening, clinical evaluation and treatment of noise-induced hearing loss
  • navigate_nextMolecular genetics of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus

2. Noise and communication

  • navigate_nextSpeech perception in noise
  • navigate_nextSituational awareness in noise
  • navigate_nextEffects of hearing protection on speech perception and situational awareness
  • navigate_nextAuditory performance in noisy workplaces
  • navigate_nextSpeech privacy
  • navigate_nextSpeech understanding in the classroom
  • navigate_nextSpeech communication and speech intelligibility
  • navigate_nextSpeech communication with auditory impairment
  • navigate_nextPerception and localization of warning sounds
  • navigate_nextCommunication aids

3. Non-auditory health effects of noise

  • navigate_nextEffects of noise on long term health outcomes, morbidity and mortality
  • navigate_nextCardiovascular effects of noise
  • navigate_nextPhysiological and endocrinological effects of noise
  • navigate_nextMental health effects of noise
  • navigate_nextEffects of noise on birth outcomes and early child development
  • navigate_nextHospital noise effects on staff performance and patient rehabilitation

4. Effects of noise on cognition, performance and behaviour

  • navigate_nextEffects of noise on cognition, performance and behaviour with special focus on workplaces (e.g., schools, offices and hospitals), public places or dwellings
  • navigate_nextField and laboratory studies, behavioural and questionnaire studies on cognitive and behavioural noise effects
  • navigate_nextCoping with noise and adaptive behaviour to noise
  • navigate_nextOccupant satisfaction surveys for evaluation of building acoustics
  • navigate_nextMethods to explore noise effects on behaviour
  • navigate_nextDeveloping and evaluating methods to reduce the negative impact of noise on cognition, performance, behaviour and well-being (e.g., restorative sounds, sound masking, sound design of soundscapes)
  • navigate_nextBasic research on how and why cognitive performance (e.g. attention, short-term memory, reasoning, writing, reading) is affected by certain background sounds and noise characteristics, respectively

5. Effects of noise on sleep

  • navigate_nextExposure-response relationships for noise-induced sleep disturbances
  • navigate_nextLaboratory and field studies on the effects of noise on sleep
  • navigate_nextIndividual differences in reactions to noise during sleep
  • navigate_nextSubstantiation of night-time noise protection concepts
  • navigate_nextVibration effects on sleep and other health outcomes
  • navigate_nextMethods and instrumentation for the study of noise effects on sleep
  • navigate_nextLong term impacts of night-time noise exposure on health and wellbeing

6. Community response to noise and noise annoyance

  • navigate_nextCommunity response to noise
  • navigate_nextNoise annoyance and noise disturbance
  • navigate_nextEffects of noise on health-related quality of life (HRQOL)
  • navigate_nextResponse to noise exposure changes
  • navigate_nextConnection between community response to noise and noise policies
  • navigate_nextCommunity response to noise and annoyance in developing countries
  • navigate_nextCross-cultural studies of noise annoyance
  • navigate_nextEffects of vibration on annoyance

7. Low frequency noise and vibration

  • navigate_nextSources of infrasound, low frequency noise (LFN) and vibration
  • navigate_nextDetection, measurement and analysis of LFN including wind turbine noise
  • navigate_nextPropagation of infrasound and LFN in the atmosphere and in buildings
  • navigate_nextPropagation of vibration in the ground and in structures
  • navigate_nextHand-arm vibration, whole-body vibration, vibroacoustic disease (VAD)
  • navigate_nextInteraction of LFN and vibration
  • navigate_nextVibrations caused by noise
  • navigate_nextRadiation of noise from vibrating surfaces
  • navigate_nextProblems and solutions in the domain of LFN
  • navigate_nextControl of LFN and vibration by passive and active methods
  • navigate_nextTechnical applications of LFN and vibration
  • navigate_nextRegulations and guidelines on LFN and vibration
  • navigate_nextInfrasound effects on humans

8. Combined effect of noise and other agents

  • navigate_nextInteractions between noise and other physical, chemical and biological agents

9. Noise policy and economics

  • navigate_nextLocal, regional and global noise policies
  • navigate_nextPassive and active noise abatement and its effects
  • navigate_nextEnvironmental noise management
  • navigate_nextCost-benefit analysis of environmental noise management
  • navigate_nextSustainable urban development and environmental noise
  • navigate_nextEconomic impact of noise, external costs of noise

10. Other topics

  • navigate_nextEffects of noise on animals
  • navigate_nextUltrasound
  • navigate_nextNoise exposure assessment
  • navigate_nextNoise mapping


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