how to equalize non-speech sounds in dB(A) level ("G.Robert Arrabito" )

Subject: how to equalize non-speech sounds in dB(A) level
From:    "G.Robert Arrabito"  <robbie(at)DCIEM.DND.CA>
Date:    Mon, 16 Jul 2001 14:49:23 -0400

Hi listers. I have several non-verbal auditory alarms which I would like to present over headphones, one at any given moment in time, at an equivalent dB(A) sound level. Could anyone pass on their experience/preference for equalizing the at-ear sound level of non-speech sounds. My experience for speech is to match the sounds based on their dB(A) peaks as cited in: Steeneken, H.G.M. and Houtgast, T. (1978). Comparison of some methods for measuring speech levels. Institute for Peception TNO, The Netherlands, report no. IZF 1978-22. Has anyone used this technique for non-speech sounds? Is there a reference that I can cite. Thanks. Rob -- Robert Arrabito Defence and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine P.O. Box 2000 1133 Sheppard Avenue West Toronto, Ontario M3M 3B9 Canada phone: (416) 635-2033 fax: (416) 635-2013 e-mail: robbie(at)

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