ASA Media Webcasts

The live webcasts are over but you can watch the recordings by clicking the links below.

FIRST WEBCAST: Noise and Health 

The first Webcast features three speakers from a special session on “Noise and Health,” which is being held in honor of Dr. Karl Kryter, who spent a lifetime doing pioneering work in this area and who published the landmark book, The Effects of Noise on Man, in 1945. These speakers will discuss how noise affects our health, wellness, and ability to function in a surprisingly wide range of ways -- many of which are well documented while others are still being discovered.


  •  Mathias Basner, President of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) and a professor at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, will present on the auditory and non-auditory effects of noise on health.
  • Paul Barach, a clinical professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and an expert on alarm fatigue will discuss the behavioral impacts and spatial dynamics of alarm fatigue in reverberant healthcare treatment spaces.
  • Wolfgang Babisch, who works for the World Health Organization, which is the most notable world authority on the health effects of noise, will discuss the cardiovascular effects of noise on humans.

SECOND WEBCAST: New Discoveries in Acoustics 

The second webcast features a range of new discoveries from different conference sessions.


  • Anu Sharma, from the University of Colorado, will discuss how changes in the brain due to hearing loss may impact other brain functions, and may be related to a widely reported link between age-related hearing loss and dementia.
  • Mark VanDam, from Washington State University, will discuss how mothers' and fathers' use of "baby talk" differs, and the role it might play in a child's speech development.
  • Rolf Mueller, from Virginia Tech, will present a robotic sonar system inspired by bats.


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