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Re: Acoustic stealth awareness - hunting for papers

It seems to me that an interesting angle is that it’s not just an auditory sensory acuity problem. It’s a biofeedback problem, right enough, but cognitive aspects are important here – there are many people with good hearing that are unaware of their own acoustic output (children, for instance – and many adults).

So, although you might be interested in people with depleted sensory acuity, who therefore couldn’t do what many ‘normal’ people can do – hear the reflected sound of their own footsteps, which ongoing feedback can be used to calibrate ones sensitivity, useful in stealth situations – the question might be “can one use any other feedback route in stealth situations?” – could be a visual metering, for arguments’ sake, or haptic input. You’re actually interested in a fairly narrow dynamic range, I think, but it’s complicated by acoustic factors – low-level sounds can carry; for instance, footfalls on metal floors or some concrete constructions can cause the material to behave as a drum, with resonance over a large volume of material (meaning that inverse square law wouldn’t apply). So, monitoring for amplitude at the stealthy subject wouldn’t provide good predictions.

Also, there’s a ‘noise floor’ aspect to this, and someone with depleted hearing might not be fully cognizant of the noise floor?


I’ll be interested to know what you manage to turn up





Dr. Peter Lennox

Senior Lecturer in Perception

College of Arts

University of Derby, UK

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Subject: Acoustic stealth awareness - hunting for papers


Hello list members,


My PhD research is investigating auditory fitness for duty in military personnel. Specifically, I am investigating the impact of hearing impairment on acoustic stealth awareness. This refers to situations where it is important to be quiet to remain undetected by a nearby enemy, and how having a hearing loss might affect this ability. As far as I am aware there is limited literature on this type of auditory situation, and wonder if anyone may be able to point me towards relevant papers?


I believe a core task involved is the ability to predict the intensity of a sound at a target’s location when you are generating the sound yourself (e.g. talking, walking on gravel, etc.), therefore allowing you to predict how loud you can be without the target hearing. My literature searches so far have returned very little, but I wonder if I’m using the wrong terminology, or missing some old school papers?


Any help would be greatly appreciated!


Many thanks




Matt Blyth

PhD Candidate

Hearing and Balance Centre

Institute of Sound and Vibration Research

University of Southampton

Southampton, SO171BJ

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