New book highlights ergonomics research on sound

January 03, 2003

The Ergonomics of Sound: Selections from Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meetings, 1985-2000

Edited by Ellen Haas and Judy Edworthy

HFES proudly announces a new compilation of top-rated Annual Meeting proceedings papers demonstrating the critical need for a greater understanding of and appreciation for the ergonomics of sound. The editors selected 54 full papers representing the best of almost 200 meeting presentations. Papers cover 7 areas: Auditory Warnings, Spatial Audio Displays, Speech, Speech Recognition, Speech Synthesis, Noise, and Hearing Protection. Also includes 27 abstracts, a bibliography, and author and subject indexes.

The book will be of interest to HF/E professionals and those working in telecommunications, computer systems, law, consumer products, health care, safety engineering, and industrial hygiene.

From the introduction:
"The need for a better understanding of and appreciation for the ergonomics of sound has reached a critical level. . . . Sound-related technologies and products play an increasingly significant role in living and working environments. Automatic speech recognition and speech synthesis are used daily by millions of people in applications such as telephone directory assistance. The news media describe the hazards of increasingly noisy surroundings and the need to protect people living or working in these environments. Not only human factors/ergonomics professionals but also those in telecommunications, computer systems, law, consumer products, health care, safety engineering, and industrial hygiene would benefit from greater awareness of what the HF/E field has revealed about sound in many applications."

Review copies are available for published book reviews; contact Lois Smith at HFES (, 310-394-1811).

ISBN 0-945289-21-9, 284 pp., 8-1/2 x 11", paper; $60/HFES members; $70/nonmembers, plus shipping/handling (contact HFES at 310-394-1811 for details).

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society

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