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Assessing community noise annoyance: A review of two decades of the international technical specification ISO/TS 15666:2003

Abstract

The robust assessment of noise annoyance is of key importance given that it is the most prevalent community response in populations exposed to environmental noise. In 1993, the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise Community Response to Noise team began formalizing a standardized methodology for assessing noise annoyance which resulted in reporting guidelines and recommendations later published as a Technical Specification (TS) in 2003 by the International Standards Organization (ISO) [(2003). ISO/TS 15666]. This TS, intended to inform the international community on the quantification of the exposure-response relationship between noise exposure and annoyance, has been in circulation for nearly two decades and was updated in 2021 by ISO
[(2021). ISO/TS 15666] by an international working group (ISO TC43/SC1/WG62). This paper reviews use of the 2003 TS, identifies common adaptations in use, and summarizes the revisions. Methodological issues arising from the use of the 5-point verbal and the 11-point numeric scale questions and the scoring of “highly annoyed” are discussed. The revisions are designed to encourage further standardization in noise annoyance research. The paper highlights research needs that, if addressed, would strengthen the methodology underlying the assessment of noise annoyance including multidimensional assessments of annoyance

Category

Academic article

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Charlotte Clark
  • Truls T Gjestland
  • Lisa Lavia
  • Hilary Notley
  • David Michaud
  • Makoto Morinaga

Affiliation

  • University of London
  • SINTEF Digital / Connectivity Technologies and Platforms
  • United Kingdom
  • Canada
  • Kanagawa University

Year

2021

Published in

Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

ISSN

0001-4966

Publisher

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Volume

150

Issue

5

Page(s)

3362 - 3373

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