12th ICBEN Congress on Noise as a Public Health Problem

Subject areas

The following compilation lists the principal subject areas the ICBEN 2017 Congress is devoted to:

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