In today’s paper spotlight, we have “A case study on practical live event sound exposure monitoring,” by Adam Hill, Ken Liston, Ian Wiggins, and Graham Naylor, introducing innovative strategies for real-time sound monitoring in music venues, aimed at reducing the risk of hearing damage for concert-goers while preserving the quality of live music experiences. This research is particularly interesting as it focuses on identifying the sound exposure due to the sound system and sound sources on the stage separately, which is critical in understanding and managing sound levels in small to medium-sized venues. This research was funded by Digital Nottingham – City as a Lab.


illustration of a crowd at a live event.

What is the title of the paper?

A case study on practical live event sound exposure monitoring

What is the paper about?

The paper explores a new approach to monitoring sound exposure at live events, aiming to develop a system that can measure sound levels in real-time across different music venues while separating the sound exposure due to the PA and stage elements such as musical instruments and monitor wedges. This study is pivotal in understanding how sound exposure varies in live settings and devises methods to mitigate potential hearing damage.

Why should people be interested in this work?

This research is crucial for event organizers, sound engineers, health professionals, and concert-goers. It provides insights into creating safer listening environments without compromising the live music experience. By adhering to the WHO’s Global Standard, the study proposes a practical solution to protect audience hearing, offering a balance between enjoyment and health. This could eventually lead to widespread changes in how live events are managed, making them safer for everyone involved.

What’s the full citation for the paper?

Hill, A.J.; K. Liston; I. Wiggins; G. Naylor. “A case study on practical live event sound exposure monitoring.” 4th AES International Conference on Acoustics and Sound Reinforcement, Le Mans, France. January, 2024.

Where can the paper be accessed online?

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