Noise at the workplace can not only damage hearing, but may also have many other negative effects. One of these effects, which may arise in situations with background noise even at moderate sound pressure levels, is a detrimental effect on cognitive performance. The current article is dealing with the effects of unwanted sounds on reading, as one example for an activity which is relevant for many occupational settings. First, findings from several previous studies on this topic are summarised. In the second part, results from a pilot study on the effects of unwanted background speech on proofreading are reported. For this study, a reading task was employed that has been designed with regard to an occupational context.
Please download the article "Effects of noise on reading context" (in German only).
Wirkungen von Lärm auf das Lesen - Bisherige Erkenntnisse und Ergebnisse einer Pilotstudie mit Blick auf den Arbeitskontext.
in: Lärmbekämpfung 1/2017 2017. pages 19-26, PDF file