The impact of sound exposure in humans has been the subject of thousands of research studies. Of course, animal models have been used in these studies primarily to infer how exposure might affect the human auditory system. Far fewer studies have looked at how noise affects the other members of the animal kingdom.
Increased interest in the behavioral changes of animals in response to noise and either artificial or augmented natural soundscapes has begun. However, of the few that have explored this space, there are significant variations in measurements and classifications. A recent article (Clark and Dunn, 2022) reviews key elements in this up-and-coming area of interdisciplinary research.
Clark FE and Dunn JC (2022) From soundwave to aoundscape: A guide to acoustic research in captive animal environments. Front Vet Sci 9:889117. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.889117
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If you have a dog or cat, you’ve probably seen their ears moving toward an interesting or startling sound. For professional equestrians, watching the ears of their horse allows them to gauge their shifting attention. Humans still have these same muscles, and even more interesting is their relationship to our brain and how we pay attention. …
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