Assessing the Acoustic Characteristics of Rooms: A Tutorial With Examples In both audiology and speech-language pathology, as well as in speech and hearing science research, the space where the work is done is an integral part of the function. Hence, for all of these endeavors, it can be important to measure the acoustics of a room. This article provides a ... Article
Article  |   June 18, 2018
Assessing the Acoustic Characteristics of Rooms: A Tutorial With Examples
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Brad Rakerd
    Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Eric J. Hunter
    Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Mark Berardi
    Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
  • Pasquale Bottalico
    Department of Speech and Hearing Science, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL
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  • Financial: Research reported in this publication was in part supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Grant R01DC012315.
    Financial: Research reported in this publication was in part supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Grant R01DC012315.×
  • Nonfinancial: Brad Rakerd has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Eric J. Hunter has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Mark Berardi has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Pasquale Bottalico has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.
    Nonfinancial: Brad Rakerd has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Eric J. Hunter has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Mark Berardi has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose. Pasquale Bottalico has no relevant nonfinancial interests to disclose.×
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Hearing & Speech Perception / Acoustics / Part 1
Article   |   June 18, 2018
Assessing the Acoustic Characteristics of Rooms: A Tutorial With Examples
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2018, Vol. 3, 8-24. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG19.8
History: Received February 5, 2018 , Revised May 7, 2018 , Accepted May 8, 2018
Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups, June 2018, Vol. 3, 8-24. doi:10.1044/persp3.SIG19.8
History: Received February 5, 2018; Revised May 7, 2018; Accepted May 8, 2018

In both audiology and speech-language pathology, as well as in speech and hearing science research, the space where the work is done is an integral part of the function. Hence, for all of these endeavors, it can be important to measure the acoustics of a room. This article provides a tutorial regarding the measurement of room reverberation and background noise, both of which are important when evaluating a space's strengths and limitations for speech communication. As the privacy of patients and research participants is a primary concern, the tutorial also describes a method for measuring the amount of acoustical insulation provided by a room's barriers. Several room measurement data sets—all obtained from the assessment of clinical and research spaces within our own department—are presented here as examples.

Acknowledgments
Research reported in this publication was in part supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Grant R01DC012315. The authors would like to thank Jason Wu, Nicole Jakubik, and Simone Graetzer for their help with the making of room measurements. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.
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