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A field study of the exposure-annoyance relationship of military shooting noise.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20370012     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article reports a field study on noise annoyance from military shooting with small, midsize, and heavy weapons that was carried out among 1002 residents living near eight different training grounds of the Swiss army. The goal of the study was to derive the exposure-annoyance relationship for military shooting noise in communities in the vicinity of average military training grounds. Annoyance was determined in a telephone survey by means of the 5-point verbal and 11-point numerical annoyance scale recommended by the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise. Exposure was calculated using acoustical source models of weapons and numbers of shots fired, as recorded by the army. Annoyance predictor variables investigated were L(AE), L(CE), L(CE)-L(AE), number of shots above threshold, as well as individual moderators. Exposure-annoyance relationships were modeled by means of linear and logistic regression analyses. The sound exposure level L(E) of shooting noise better explained variations in annoyance than other operational and/or acoustical predictors. Annoyance on the 5-point scale was more closely related to noise exposure than expressed on the 11-point scale. The inclusion of the C-A frequency weighting difference as a second explaining variable, as suggested earlier, did not substantially enhance the predictability of high annoyance.
Mark Brink; Jean-Marc Wunderli
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
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 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-04-07     Completed Date:  2010-07-06     Revised Date:  2011-10-07    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7503051     Medline TA:  J Acoust Soc Am     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  2301-11     Citation Subset:  IM    
D-MTEC Public and Organizational Health, ETH Zurich, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Environmental Exposure*
Irritable Mood*
Linear Models
Logistic Models
Middle Aged
Military Personnel*
Noise / adverse effects*
Young Adult
Comment In:
J Acoust Soc Am. 2011 Aug;130(2):677-8   [PMID:  21877780 ]

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