The Wyle Acoustics unit has conducted many applied research and development studies focused on the effects of noise on people. Wyle’s experience ranges from the prediction and evaluation of the human response to environmental noise to signal detection and audibility studies to the evaluation of product noise and sound quality. Wyle relies on the diverse experience and capabilities of their staff, which includes psychoacoustics, statistical analysis, acoustics, vibration, social surveys, engineering, community relations and conflict resolution, in order to provide comprehensive services to their research clients. The unique combination of experience and abilities has allowed Wyle to participate in such diverse projects during the past 40 plus years.
Some of Wyle’s notable work in this area includes:
- Measurement and evaluation of the natural soundscape for the U.S. National Park Service.
- Survey of community response to sonic booms for NASA.
- A series of experiments for the U.S. Air Force to evaluate and predict the human response to low flying aircraft operating on Military Training Routes.
- Prediction of the audibility of horn noise for railroad crossing accident reconstruction studies.
- Community response to sudden changes in the noise environment around civil airports and military airfields, for NASA.
- NASA study to evaluate and quiet the International Space Station exercise treadmill.
- Investigations of community response to power line noise.
- Signal detection and audibility studies for emergency warning systems at nuclear power plants.
- Laboratory studies of scales for measuring helicopter noise.
- Exploratory study of the potential effects of exposure to sonic boom on human health.