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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 83  |  Page : 220--228

Sound exposure during outdoor music festivals

SINTEF ICT, Acoustics Group, Trondheim, Norway

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Tron V Tronstad
SINTEF ICT Acoustics, c/o Tron Vedul Tronstad, Postboks 4760 Sluppen, NO-7465 Trondheim
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.189245

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Most countries have guidelines to regulate sound exposure at concerts and music festivals. These guidelines limit the allowed sound pressure levels and the concert/festival’s duration. In Norway, where there is such a guideline, it is up to the local authorities to impose the regulations. The need to prevent hearing-loss among festival participants is self-explanatory, but knowledge of the actual dose received by visitors is extremely scarce. This study looks at two Norwegian music festivals where only one was regulated by the Norwegian guideline for concert and music festivals. At each festival the sound exposure of four participants was monitored with noise dose meters. This study compared the exposures experienced at the two festivals, and tested them against the Norwegian guideline and the World Health Organization’s recommendations. Sound levels during the concerts were higher at the festival not regulated by any guideline, and levels there exceeded both the national and the Worlds Health Organization’s recommendations. The results also show that front-of-house measurements reliably predict participant exposure.


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