Building performance for hearing impaired people

J.-R. Champagne

Abstract


People compensate for hearing loss by relying on other senses, particularly that of sight. Visual elements and the quality of light are therefore important factors in the enhancement of visual information. Equally important is the acoustical environment. For persons using hearing aids it is essential to reduce background noises and to control reverberation in order to ensure speech intelligibility. Since hearing loss is limited to particular frequency ranges, the control of frequencies is important as well as the reduction of noise interference in environmental planning

Keywords


acoustic noise; architectural acoustics; hearing; hearing aids; noise abatement; reverberation; buildings; acoustic performance; hearing loss; acoustical environment; background noises; speech intelligibility; noise interference; environmental planning

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