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The dB[EQL]: An alternative sound pressure weighting according to the equal loudness contours of the international standard ISO 226-2003.
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PMID:  20330409     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The conventional spectral weightings applicable to sound pressure [dB(A), etc.] are fixed in spectral shape and intended for use over certain ranges of unweighted sound pressure level: for example, the A-weighting from threshold of hearing up to 65 dB(SPL). In general, these weightings' spectral shapes match the sensitivity of hearing as a function of frequency within "use-level" ranges, although the strong effect of the cavum conchae resonance of the ear, apparent in the equal-loudness contours of ISO 226, is not considered except in the rarely Used D-weighting. Particularly for sounds with tonal content and within the general level range of the A-weighting, the authors propose a new spectral weighting assembled from the Phon values of the complete set of equal-loudness contours calculated for each frequency within the human auditory range. It will be shown that although giving values similar to those of the A-weighting, the dB[EQL] or equal-loudness weighting is situation dependent rather than fixed, and better represents subjective impressions at all frequencies. Although based on perceived loudnesses, the dB[EQL] sound pressure weighting is not a specific loudness measurement, does not consider critical band formation, and does not yield masking or psychoacoustic loudness data.
Wade Bray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America     Volume:  127     ISSN:  1520-8524     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Acoust. Soc. Am.     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1832     Citation Subset:  IM    
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