2020 is the International Year of Sound
Accurate prediction of noise levels from new developments such as roads, railways and industrial plant requires the involvement of an acoustics specialist.
Schools, concert halls, hospitals, residential buildings, offices and leisure facilities – all need careful acoustic design to make them sound good and keep out nearby noise.
Understanding noise and vibration is vital to our work life and health.
The design of acoustic instrumentation requires knowledge of electronics and computing and an understanding of how acoustic measurements are made
Many specialists working in this field are involved in helping people with listening or speaking difficulties to communicate better.
The use of ultrasound waves can be used in many ways – from the destruction of tumour tissues or kidney stones to the measurement of properties on the sea bed.
Understanding the ways that sounds are produced by instruments or voices either singly, or when performed in combination with others, is a complex acoustic process.
The design and management of amplified sound in public venues is one of many areas that benefits greatly from the skills of an expert electro-acoustician.
Underwater sound, used by marine animals to navigate and communicate, is also an indispensable tool, both for military applications and for commercial use.
Joining a professional body such as the Institute of Acoustics is a great way to make some useful contacts, give yourself the best professional opportunities and make an impact on your career.
The Institute offers a range of professionally recognised courses for those interested working in any aspect of acoustics.