By Jessica L. Tozer
Sorry, can you speak up? I can’t hear you over the sound of those deafening JET ENGINES.
The deafening roar of supersonic aircraft can cause hearing damage to sailors and Marines on flight decks, so the Office of Naval Research (ONR) is funding a new project to help reduce jet noise.
“The noise problem falls into two categories: noise exposure on the flight deck and noise impact on the communities surrounding air bases,” said Dr. Brenda Henderson, deputy manager for the Jet Noise Reduction project, part of ONR’s Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) program. “We’re funding the development of tools that we’ll need to help control jet noise in tactical aircraft.”
Hearing loss is not uncommon for service members, so combating this problem could mean more than keeping the jets at a comfortable indoor-voice level.