What is acoustics?

Acoustics is the interdisciplinary science that deals with the study of all mechanical waves in gases, liquids, and solids including vibration, sound, ultrasound and infrasound.

Many people mistakenly think that acoustics is strictly musical or architectural in nature. While acoustics does include the study of musical instruments and architectural spaces, it also covers a vast range of topics, including: noise control, SONAR for submarine navigation, ultrasounds for medical imaging, thermoacoustic refrigeration, seismology, bioacoustics, and electroacoustic communication.

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Latest News


The IOA has formed an amplitude modulation (AM) working group as a sub-group of the wind turbine noise working party.

Gavin Irvine, of Ion Acoustics...


The IOA has today published four supplementary guidance notes (SGNs) to its Good Practice Guide to the Application of ETSU-R-97 for the Assessment and...


Professional practice guidance on planning and noise is being prepared for planners and developers in England by the IOA, the Association of Noise...


A wide range of publications, brochures, CDs and consultation documents is available through the Institute of Acoustics publication shop.

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