Early Decay Time (EDT) is derived from the
reverberation time decay curve; between 0 dB and 10 dB below the initial level.
A short EDT is a good indicator of speech clarity, as early reflections that reach the listener within 50 milliseconds integrate with the direct sound and can improve speech clarity - see the Haas effect.
Early Decay Time (EDT), based on the impulse decay curve, 0 dB to -10 dB
T10 decay time, based on the impulse decay curve, -5 dB to -15 dB
T20 decay time, based on the impulse decay curve, -5 dB to -25 dB
T30 decay time, based on the impulse decay curve, -5 dB to -35 dB
Ear Simulator Definition (IEC 801-28-05) device for the calibration of earphones, incorporating a calibrated microphone for the measurement of sound pressure and an acoustic coupler such that the overall acoustic impedance is similar to that of the normal human ear in a given frequency band, also known as an artificial ear.
Echoes sound waves are reflected by walls and other hard surfaces and if the arrival of the reflected wave is delayed by more than 25 milliseconds, see the Haas effect, then the delayed sound is noticeable and called an echo. When a sound wave experiences multiple reflections this is known as reverberation
Echo Definition (IEC 801-31-21) sound wave that has been reflected and arrives with such a magnitude and time interval after the direct sound as to be distinguishable as a repetition of it.
See also flutter echo • multiple echo
The effective level is also known as the average level and the effective value.See also effective value definition • RMS (root mean square)
Effective Perceived Noise Level (EPNdB) is a rating used to certify aircraft types for flyover noise, based on the perceived noise level, corrected for tone and duration, also known as LEPN and EPNL.
Effective Perceived Noise Level Definition (IEC 801-29-15) level in decibels of the time integral of the antilogarithm of one-tenth of the tone-corrected perceived noise level, over the duration of an aircraft flyover; the reference duration is 10 s.
Note 1 : the integral is usually approximated by one-half the summation, over the top ten decibels of an aircraft flyover, of the antilogarithms of one-tenth of the tone-corrected perceived noise level in successive 0,5 s intervals.
Note 2 : Effective perceived noise level purports to represent subjective noisiness.
Note 3 : Effective perceived noise level of an aircraft flyover tends to be 2 dB or 3 dB greater than A-weighted sound exposure level.
See also aircraft noise and related terms
Effective Value Definition (IEC 103-02-03) for a time-dependent quantity, positive square root of the mean value of the square of the quantity taken over a given time interval
See also effective level • RMS (root-mean-square) value
Because of their importance in acoustics, we include more details under measurement microphones
Electrostatic Actuator Definition (IEC 801-28-10) device comprising an auxiliary electrode that permits the application of an electrostatic force to the metallic or metallised diaphragm of a microphone in order to obtain a calibration.
Elementary Exponent of Sound Propagation Definition (IEC 801-23-34) with respect to a system having a periodic structure, the natural logarithm of the complex ratio of particle velocities (or pressures) measured at two successive corresponding points of the structure, when this structure is assumed to be of infinite length
Energy Level Definition (IEC 113-06-01) for a system of particles and fields, set of states associated with a specified energy
Note 1 : this concept is particularly useful when energy changes by quanta.
Note 2 : the term energy level is also used for the associated energy.
Energy-average Sound Pressure Level in a room, under sound insulation
See also sound energy density
In the case of total rate of energy transfer, the SI unit is the Watt (W).See also sound energy flux
See also other types of averaging
Equal Loudness Contour Definition (IEC 801-29-08) curve that shows, as a function of frequency, the sound pressure level required to cause a given loudness for a listener having normal hearing, when listening to a specified kind of sound in a specified manner.
See also loudness and related terms
A stable situation in which all the forces cancel on another.
In the CGS base units. 1 erg = 1 dyne cm = 10-7 Joule
Every time the sound energy doubles the measured dB level increases by 3 dB, i.e. the exchange rate Q = 3. For example if a machine produces 80 dBA then adding another identical machine increases the measured level to 83 dBA. So four identical machines, 4 times the sound energy, would measure 86 dBA, we are adding decibels not numbers. This is explained in detail with examples in our sound level calculations article.
Sound Exposure and Noise Dose follow the same rule - a doubling of the level results in a 3 dB increase. However they are also both time dependent. So if the exposure time is doubled the total sound exposure increases by 3 dB. Similarly if the noise dose was 100% of the acceptable daily maximum, then doubling the exposure time results in a total noise dose of 200%, twice the daily limit.
In America, the exchange rate defined in the OSHA standard is 5 dB and their 8 hour workplace average level is known as time-weighted average. For other US exchange rates and threshold levels the average level for the measurement duration is known as Lavg.
Excitation Definition (IEC 801-21-46) external force, or other input, applied to a system, also known as stimulus.
Exponential a decaying exponential weighting function, specified by a starting point (shift) and a constant time (length). Use exponential weighting for exponentially decaying transients longer than one time record, to avoid leakage caused by truncation.
See also time-weightings
See also other types of averaging
Exposure Time is the time a person is exposed to noise during a working day, and used for calculating the LEP,d : daily personal noise exposure
See also noise dose