12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem

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We are looking forward to receive your contribution(s) to the ICBEN 2017 Congress! You may submit up to three abstracts per person using the online abstract submission system, after you have created an individual account on our system.

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The deadline for abstract submission has been extended until January 31, 2017. Please note that there will be no further extension.

The following compilation lists the subject areas that are suitable for papers or posters presented at the ICBEN 2017 Congress. Please note that the individual subject areas below do not necessarily reflect structure and content of individual sessions. The final program structure will be decided at a later stage.

ICBEN 2017 also hosts the Low Frequency Noise and Vibration Conference as part of its regular congress program. The Low Frequency Noise and Vibration Conference takes place under the umbrella of ICBEN 2017 and is chaired by Norm Broner, Australia. Contributions to this part of ICBEN 2017 are welcome under Subject area 10 (see below) and can be submitted normally via the abstract submission system.

All abstracts will be reviewed by the scientific program committee!

Subject area 1 – Noise-induced hearing loss

  • Hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance problems associated with noise
  • Occupational noise and hearing loss
  • Leisure noise / noise from portable music players and hearing loss
  • Screening, clinical evaluation and treatment of noise-induced hearing loss
  • Molecular genetics of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus

Subject area 2 – Noise and communication

  • Speech perception in noise
  • Situational awareness in noise
  • Effects of hearing protection on speech perception and situational awareness
  • Auditory performance in noisy workplaces
  • Speech privacy
  • Speech understanding in the classroom
  • Speech communication and speech intelligibility
  • Speech communication with auditory impairment
  • Perception and localization of warning sounds
  • Communication aids

Subject area 3 – Non-auditory health effects of noise

  • Effects of noise on long term health outcomes, morbidity and mortality
  • Cardiovascular effects of noise
  • Physiological and endocrinological effects of noise
  • Mental health effects of noise
  • Effects of noise on birth outcomes and early child development
  • Hospital noise effects on staff performance and patient rehabilitation

Subject area 4 – Effects of noise on cognition, performance and behavior

  • Effects of noise on cognition, performance and behavior in schools
  • Effects of noise on cognition, performance and behavior in the work place
  • Methods to reduce the negative impact of noise on cognition, performance and behavior

Subject area 5 – Effects of noise on sleep

  • Exposure-response relationships for noise-induced sleep disturbances
  • Laboratory and field studies on the effects of noise on sleep
  • Individual differences in reactions to noise during sleep
  • Substantiation of nighttime noise protection concepts
  • Vibration effects on sleep and other health outcomes
  • Methods and instrumentation for the study of noise effects on sleep
  • Long term impacts of nighttime noise exposure on health and wellbeing

Subject area 6 – Community response to noise and noise annoyance

  • Community response to noise
  • Noise annoyance and noise disturbance
  • Effects of noise on health related quality of life (HRQOL)
  • Response to noise exposure changes
  • Connection between community response to noise and noise policies
  • Community response to noise and annoyance in developing countries
  • Cross-cultural studies of noise annoyance
  • Effects of vibration on annoyance

Subject area 7 – Noise policy and economics

  • Local, regional and global noise policies
  • Passive and active noise abatement and its effects
  • Environmental noise management
  • Environmental noise assessment and noise mapping
  • Cost-benefit analysis of environmental noise management
  • Sustainable urban development and environmental noise
  • Economic impact of noise, external costs of noise

Subject area 8 – Noise exposure assessment in health effect studies

  • Noise indicators for the prediction of non-auditory health effects of noise
  • Uncertainty in noise level calculations and its impacts on exposure-response relationships
  • Best practices in exposure assessment for health effect studies

Subject area 9 – Special topics related to noise effects

  • Noise effects on animals (on land, in the air, and in the sea)
  • Interactions between noise and other agents and cumulative effects
  • Ultrasound and VHF sound effects on man
  • (any other topic that doesn't fit anywhere else)

Subject area 10 – Low frequency noise and vibration

  • Sources of infrasound, low frequency noise (LFN) and vibration
  • Detection, measurement and analysis of LFN including wind turbine noise
  • Propagation of infrasound and LFN in the atmosphere and in buildings
  • Propagation of vibration in the ground and in structures
  • Perception of LFN and vibration by man and animals
  • Effects of LFN and vibration on man and animals
  • Hand-arm vibration, whole-body vibration, vibroacoustic disease (VAD)
  • Interaction of LFN and vibration
  • Vibrations caused by noise
  • Radiation of noise from vibrating surfaces
  • Problems and solutions in the domain of LFN
  • Control of LFN and vibration by passive and active methods
  • Technical applications of LFN and vibration
  • Regulations and guidelines on LFN and vibration