This work presents the results of a perception-based study of changes in the local soundscape at residences across India during the last 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic and their effects on well-being, productivity during work from home (WFH), online education, anxiety, and noise sensitivity. Using emails and social media platforms, an online cross-sectional survey was conducted involving 942 participants. The responses showed that a greater percentage of participants felt that the indoor environment was noisier during the 2020 lockdown, which was attributed to increased home-entertainment usage, video-calling, and family interaction. The outdoor soundscape was much quieter during the 2020 lockdown due to drastically reduced traffic and commercial activities; however, during the 2021 lockdown, it was perceived to be comparable with pre-COVID times. While changes in indoor soundscape were shown to affect peace, happiness, and concentration while increasing annoyance, the reduction in outdoor noise positively impacted these aspects. The responses indicate that indoor soundscape changes adversely affected productivity and online education. Consequently, only 15% of participants now prefer the WFH model, while 62% have reservations about online education. In some cases, the responses demonstrate a significant influence of demography and suggest the improvement of the acoustic design of residences to support work.
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A perception-based study of the indoor and outdoor acoustic environments in India during the COVID-19 pandemica)
Special Collection: COVID-19 Pandemic Acoustic Effects
A. Mimani, S. Nama; A perception-based study of the indoor and outdoor acoustic environments in India during the COVID-19 pandemic. J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 1 November 2022; 152 (5): 2570–2587. https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0014948
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