Subject areas

The following compilation lists the principal subject areas the ICBEN 2021 Congress is devoted to:


  • Subject area 1: Noise-induced hearing loss

    • Hearing loss, tinnitus, and balance problems associated with noise
    • Occupational noise and hearing loss
    • Leisure noise/ noise from portable music players and hearing loss
    • Screening, clinical evaluation and treatment of noise-induced hearing loss
    • Molecular genetics of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus


  • Subject area 2: Noise and communication

    • Speech perception in noise
    • Situational awareness in noise
    • Effects of hearing protection on speech perception and situational awareness
    • Auditory performance in noisy workplaces
    • Speech privacy
    • Speech understanding in the classroom
    • Speech communication and speech intelligibility
    • Speech communication with auditory impairment
    • Perception and localization of warning sounds
    • Communication aids


  • Subject area 3: Non-auditory health effects of noise

    • Effects of noise on long term health outcomes, morbidity and mortality
    • Cardiovascular effects of noise
    • Physiological and endocrinological effects of noise
    • Mental health effects of noise
    • Effects of noise on birth outcomes and early child development
    • Hospital noise effects on staff performance and patient rehabilitation


  • Subject area 4: Effects of noise on cognition, performance and behavior

    • Effects of noise on cognition, performance and behavior with special focus on workplaces (e.g., schools, offices and hospitals), public places or dwellings
    • Field and laboratory studies, behavioral and questionnaire studies on cognitive and behavioral noise effects
    • Coping with noise and adaptive behavior to noise
    • Occupant satisfaction surveys for evaluation of building acoustics
    • Methods to explore noise effects on behavior
    • Developing and evaluating methods to reduce the negative impact of noise on cognition, performance, behavior and well-being (e.g., restorative sounds, sound masking, sound design of soundscapes)
    • Basic research on how and why cognitive performance (e.g. attention, short-term memory, reasoning, writing, reading) is affected by certain background sounds and noise characteristics, respectively


  • Subject area 5: Effects of noise on sleep

    • Exposure-response relationships for noise-induced sleep disturbances
    • Laboratory and field studies on the effects of noise on sleep
    • Individual differences in reactions to noise during sleep
    • Substantiation of nighttime noise protection concepts
    • Vibration effects on sleep and other health outcomes
    • Methods and instrumentation for the study of noise effects on sleep
    • Long term impacts of nighttime noise exposure on health and wellbeing


  • Subject area 6: Community response to noise and noise annoyance

    • Community response to noise
    • Noise annoyance and noise disturbance
    • Effects of noise on health-related quality of life (HRQOL)
    • Response to noise exposure changes
    • Connection between community response to noise and noise policies
    • Community response to noise and annoyance in developing countries
    • Cross-cultural studies of noise annoyance
    • Effects of vibration on annoyance


  • Subject area 7: Noise policy and economics

    • Local, regional and global noise policies
    • Passive and active noise abatement and its effects
    • Environmental noise management
    • Environmental noise assessment and noise mapping
    • Cost-benefit analysis of environmental noise management
    • Sustainable urban development and environmental noise
    • Economic impact of noise, external costs of noise


  • Subject area 8: Noise exposure assessment in health effect studies

    • Noise indicators for the prediction of non-auditory health effects of noise
    • Uncertainty in noise level calculations and its impacts on exposure-response relationships
    • Best practices in exposure assessment for health effect studies


  • Subject area 9: Special topics related to noise effects

    • Interactions between noise and other agents and cumulative effects
    • Ultrasound and VHF sound effects on man
    • Novel methods of noise exposure assessment
    • (any other topic that doesn’t fit anywhere else)


  • Subject area 10: Low frequency noise and vibration

    • Sources of infrasound, low frequency noise (LFN) and vibration
    • Detection, measurement and analysis of LFN including wind turbine noise
    • Propagation of infrasound and LFN in the atmosphere and in buildings
    • Propagation of vibration in the ground and in structures
    • Hand-arm vibration, whole-body vibration, vibroacoustic disease (VAD)
    • Interaction of LFN and vibration
    • Vibrations caused by noise
    • Radiation of noise from vibrating surfaces
    • Problems and solutions in the domain of LFN
    • Control of LFN and vibration by passive and active methods
    • Technical applications of LFN and vibration
    • Regulations and guidelines on LFN and vibration


  • Subject area 11: Health impact assessment/Burden of Disease


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Important dates

7 February 2021
Deadline for Abstract submission
& Congress Grant request submission

9 March 2021
Notification date for Abstracts and Congress Grant

30 April 2021
Deadline for full paper submission & Early bird registration

1 June 2021
All presenters should be registered and have paid the registration fee.

1 June 2021
All digital abstracts, video presentations and E-posters have to be uploaded to the Congress platform.

14-17 June 2021
ICBEN 2021


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The conference is hosted by
ICBEN and the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet.