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Re: apparent increase in loudness

On Thu, 29 Jan 2004, Leon van Noorden wrote:

> auditorylist,
> during a recent transatlantic flight I observed
> the phenomenon that the sound of a crying baby
> appeared louder when I tried to mask it by
> putting on a headphone with loud instrumental music.
> It ran against my expectation that a partially
> masked sound would appear less loud.
> Is this a known phenomenon?

Yes, to all mothers :-)