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Noise exposure in convertible automobiles

  • A A Mikulec (a1), S B Lukens (a1), L E Jackson (a2) and M N Deyoung (a2)
Abstract
AbstractObjective:

To quantify the noise exposure received while driving a convertible automobile with the top open, compared with the top closed.

Methods:

Five different convertible automobiles were driven, with the top both closed and open, and noise levels measured. The cars were tested at speeds of 88.5, 104.6 and 120.7 km/h.

Results:

When driving with the convertible top open, the mean noise exposure ranged from 85.3 dB at 88.5 km/h to 89.9 dB at 120.7 km/h. At the tested speeds, noise exposure increased by an average of 12.4–14.6 dB after opening the convertible top.

Conclusion:

Driving convertible automobiles at speeds exceeding 88.5 km/h, with the top open, may result in noise exposure levels exceeding recommended limits, especially when driving with the convertible top open for prolonged periods.

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Corresponding author
Address for correspondence: Dr Anthony A Mikulec, Department of Otolaryngology, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 3635 Vista, St Louis, MO 63110, USA E-mail: mikuleca@slu.edu
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