Communication headset use and noise measurement in the workplace


  • Flora Nassrallah Institute of Population Health, U. of Ottawa, 1 Stewart St, ON, KlN 6N5, Canada
  • Christian Giguère School of Rehabilitation Sciences, U. of Ottawa, 451 Smyth Rd, ON, K1H 8M5, Canada
  • Hilmi R. Dajani School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, U. of Ottawa, 800 King Edward Ave, ON, K1N 6N5, Canada


Architectural acoustics, Communication, Microphones, Noise pollution, Noise pollution control, Probes, Direct measurement, Ear canal, Human head, Noise exposure, Noise measurements, Sound exposure


The ISO 11904 describes two procedures for the direct measurement of sound under communication headsets. For the Microphone in a Real Ear (MIRE) technique, a specially trained individual must insert a miniature or probe microphone in the worker's ear canal. Although this technique provides the most direct estimate of sound exposure to the worker, its invasive nature could restrict his/her movement, and the positioning of the microphone or probe can be problematic. The ISO 11904-2 [6] specifies sound measurements on an acoustic manikin. The standardized manikin simulates the changes that happen to sound waves as they pass a human head and torso. An indirect calculation method has also been proposed that can serve as a basic tool to predict noise exposure in workplace settings where communication headsets are worn.




How to Cite

Nassrallah F, Giguère C, Dajani HR. Communication headset use and noise measurement in the workplace. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2012 Sep. 1 [cited 2022 Jan. 29];40(3):134-5. Available from:



Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

Most read articles by the same author(s)

1 2 3 4 > >>