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Noise exposure in convertible automobiles.
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PMID:  21106136     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Objective:To quantify the noise exposure received while driving a convertible automobile with the top open, compared with the top closed.Methods:Five different convertible automobiles were driven, with the top both closed and open, and noise levels measured. The cars were tested at speeds of 88.5, 104.6 and 120.7 km/h.Results:When driving with the convertible top open, the mean noise exposure ranged from 85.3 dB at 88.5 km/h to 89.9 dB at 120.7 km/h. At the tested speeds, noise exposure increased by an average of 12.4-14.6 dB after opening the convertible top.Conclusion:Driving convertible automobiles at speeds exceeding 88.5 km/h, with the top open, may result in noise exposure levels exceeding recommended limits, especially when driving with the convertible top open for prolonged periods.
A A Mikulec; S B Lukens; L E Jackson; M N Deyoung
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-11-25
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of laryngology and otology     Volume:  125     ISSN:  1748-5460     ISO Abbreviation:  J Laryngol Otol     Publication Date:  2011 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8706896     Medline TA:  J Laryngol Otol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  121-5     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Department of Otolaryngology, St Louis University School of Medicine, Missouri, USA.
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