|Document ID (ISN)||78141|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
|Convention or series no.
||Bolia R.S., McKinley R.L.
||The effects of hearing protectors on auditory localization: Evidence from audio-visual target acquisition
||2000, Vol.6, No.3, p.309-319. Illus. 14 ref.
||Response times (RT) in an audio-visual target acquisition task were collected from three participants while wearing either circumaural earmuffs, foam earplugs, or no hearing protection at all. Analyses revealed that participants took significantly longer to locate and identify an audio-visual target in both hearing protector conditions than they did in the unoccluded condition, suggesting a disturbance of the clues used by listeners to localize sounds in space. RTs were significantly faster in both hearing protector conditions than in a non-audio control condition, indicating that auditory localization was not completely disrupted. Results are discussed in terms of safety issues involved with wearing hearing protectors in an occupational environment.
||hearing protection; hearing level; cognitive performance
||earplugs; comparative study; defence services; earmuffs
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||USA|
||Noise, hearing and vibration
|Broad subject area(s)