Policy Statements

Policy Statements

The following positions have been adopted by the ASA Panel on Public Policy and endorsed by the Executive Council:


June 2013


The Acoustical Society of America is committed to making acoustics education, research, and practice accessible to everyone.  

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December 2013

Classroom Acoustics

The ASA affirms that classrooms shall meet the noise and reverberation levels specified in the relevant part of ANSI/ASA S12.60. Further, provided that sound field amplification systems are used in conjunction with ANSI/ASA S12.60, the ASA recognizes their usefulness for core classrooms to augment teachers' voices as multimedia sound distribution systems. In case of moderate activity noise, the sound field amplification system can be employed to augment the teacher's voice, especially for a quiet topic. Amplification systems should not be used in attempt to substitute for good acoustics. To ensure their success, the ASA advocates that classroom noise levels and reverberation times be documented prior to installing sound field amplification systems. Acoustical consultants or credentialed school audiologists properly trained and equipped may screen and document classrooms for sound field systems.

March 2012

Noise in Wilderness

The Acoustical Society of America advocates the restoration of the natural soundscape in federally protected areas.