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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 59  |  Page : 210--214

A proposal for a more refined single number rating system for hearing protector attenuation specification


Senior Research Engineer, National Acoustic Laboratories, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia

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Warwick Williams
National Acoustic Laboratories, 126 Greville Street, Chatswood, NSW 2070
Australia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.99897

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From a study of recent hearing protector attenuation test data, this work presents a proposal to reconsider how data, gathered by recognized standard subjective test procedures, is used to calculate the single number performance rating of hearing protectors. Current practice is to embed the expected performance (mean) and the variation in performance (standard deviation) in a single rating figure. A proposal is made for clearly separating expected performance from the variation while retaining the use of the current subjective test procedures. This proposal is applicable to all current single number rating systems including SNR, NRR, SLC 80, and the newer ANSI NRS Ax.






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