Policy Statements

Policy Statements

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

May 2014
Wind Turbines

Acoustic emissions of wind turbines include airborne, underwater, infrasonic, and structure borne sounds, and have been reported by individuals living near these facilities. Wind turbine acoustic emissions and their potential effects should be investigated and fully addressed in an interdisciplinary manner. The Acoustical Society of America urges that guidelines for relating wind turbine sound descriptors to probabilities of adverse effects be developed, to aid in wise wind energy planning. Methods for measuring and quantifying wind turbine acoustic emissions, particularly at very low frequencies, should be developed that support the interdisciplinary findings.

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 ANSI Standard S12.60. Further, provided that sound field amplification systems are used in conjunction with ANSI 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.


May 2009
Noise in Wilderness

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