On the study of effects on different types of natural sounds on the perception of combined sound environment with road traffic noise

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Abstract

Previous studies suggested that individuals generally had high preferences for natural sounds. Natural sounds like water sounds and bird songs added to noises were determined to be able to improve the quality of acoustic environment. Although it has been revealed how different types of water sounds would affect the preferences for environment differently when adding to road traffic to noises, little effort was spent on investigating how different types of natural sounds would interact with noises in a combined sound environment. Accordingly, this study aimed at comparing the effects of bird songs and water sounds on the perception of combined sound environment. It also aimed at studying whether a particular range of signal-to-noise ratios existed for bird songs which could produce the best sound masking effect for traffic noise. Also, it aimed at revealing the relationship between the perceived dominant sound source and noise annoyance induced by the combined natural-traffic sounds. The findings arising from this study should provide more insights on open space planning for maximizing the acoustic comfort in the environment.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the INTER-NOISE 2016 - 45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering: Towards a Quieter Future
PublisherGerman Acoustical Society (DEGA)
Pages1764-1770
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2016
Event45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering: Towards a Quieter Future, INTER-NOISE 2016 - Hamburg, Germany
Duration: 21 Aug 201624 Aug 2016

Conference

Conference45th International Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering: Towards a Quieter Future, INTER-NOISE 2016
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityHamburg
Period21/08/1624/08/16

Keywords

  • Combined sound environment
  • Natura sounds
  • Noise annoyance
  • Traffic noise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics

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