Haas Effect : if the sound from a specific source arrives at one ear a few milliseconds later than the other ear, then our hearing mechanism will judge the sound to be coming from the side of the head where the earliest sound arrived. This is true for arriving sounds up to about 25 milliseconds of delay, after which it will begin to sound like two distinct sounds.
This effect is very useful in sound reinforcement systems. Listeners at the back of an auditorium often experience difficulty and simply adding a local loudspeaker increases the volume but the sound now appears from the wrong direction. However if the sound from the reinforcement loudspeaker is delayed by 10 to 20 ms and is up to 10 dB louder than the direct sound, then the listener still localises all sound from the direction of the stage but benefits from the higher sound level enhanced by the speakers
Hand Arm Vibration is defined by the HSE, as 'mechanical vibration which is transmitted into the hands and arms during a work activity'.
Hand Arm Vibration is also known as vibration white finger.
See also • hand arm vibration measurements.
HAVS, also known as the industrial injury, vibration white finger which describes the main symptom displayed in sufferers. The blanching appearance in the fingers and hands is created by poor blood circulation which destroys blood vessels and tissue. It is also known as secondary raynaud's syndrome.
See also • carpal tunnel syndrome
Hand Arm Weightings, networks built into hand arm vibration white finger meters.
Hanning Window, a smooth amplitude weighting of a time signal with zero at the beginning and the end of the time record - 'bell shaped'. Commonly used in fast fourier analysis when analysing gated continuous signals and long transients to give them a slow onset and cut-off in order to reduce the generation of side lobes in their frequency spectrum. The selectivity of the hanning window is good, and the maximum picket fence error is 1.42 dB.
Harmonics in a series are also known as partials
Hearing Loss, noise induced hearing loss may be temporary or permanent.
Hearing Protectors, should be issued to employees, according to HSE where extra protection is needed above what has been achieved using noise control or as a short-term measure while other methods of controlling noise are being developed. You should not use hearing protection as an alternative to controlling noise by technical and organisational means.
See also • real world +4 dB.
1 kHz = 1000 Hz, 2 kHz = 2000 Hz, etc.
High Pass Filter, signals below the cut-off frequency are attenuated, the attenuation slope is called the roll-off
HML : 3-values related to the attenuation provided by hearing protectors at High, Medium and Low frequencies - supplied by the manufacturer. BS EN ISO 4869
HSE : Health and Safety Executive
Hz : under Hertz