Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) is one of the most common illnesses that is frequently reported in the occupational and military sectors. Hearing loss due to high noise exposure is a major health problem with economic consequences. Industrial and military noise exposures often contain high-level impulsive noise components. The presence of these impulsive noise components complicates the assessment of noise levels for hearing conservation purposes. The current noise guidelines use equal energy hypothesis (EEH) based metrics to evaluate the risk of hearing loss. A number of studies show that the current noise metrics often underestimates the risk of hearing loss in high-level complex noise environments. The overarching goal of this dissertation is to develop advance signal processing based methods for more accurate assessments of the risk of NIHL. For these assessments, various auditory filters that take into account the physiological characteristics of the ear are used. These filters will help to understand the complexity of the ear’s response to high-level complex noises.
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