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Acoustical engineer sounds off about noise

Noise pollution can cause countless adverse health affects, from high blood pressure to hearing loss. It’s acoustical engineer Herb Singleton’s job to find the source of the racket and find ways to quiet it.

Solving a noise or vibration problem ­often requires detective skills, whether it’s a complaint about trains rumbling by or construction site din. “The primary goal of acoustical engineering is the reduction of unwanted sounds, but it’s often challenging to figure out what’s causing the noise and how to control it,” said Singleton, whose consulting business is based in Springfield.

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