Newswise — SEATTLE, November 4, 2021 – After more than a year of virtual conferences, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is holding its 181st meeting in person in Seattle, Washington, at the Hyatt Regency Seattle from Nov. 29 through Dec. 3.

This major scientific conference brings together interdisciplinary groups of acoustics professionals, spanning many fields, including physics, medicine, music, psychology, wildlife biology, and engineering, to discuss the latest advancements. Follow conference highlights with social media hashtag #ASA181.

Reporters are invited to attend the meeting at no cost (see details below) and participate in a series of press conferences featuring a selection of newsworthy sessions. Reporters may view a live media webcast of the press conference online. Times and topics will be announced in the coming weeks, and journalists may register to watch the webcast live here

All participants at the meeting will be required to show proof of vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Washington State policies regarding the wearing of masks will be followed during the conference.

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  • 1pPA7: Using Bulk acoustic waves for filtering microplastic on polluted water
  • 2aAAa6: Converting an Empty Office to a Podcast Studio
  • 2aEA1: Electric Vehicle Additive Sounds: Detection results from an outdoor test for sixteen participants.
  • 2aMUa2: Reproducible excitation of string instruments using a robotic arm
  • 3aPP2: The effect of mild dementia on speech perception in quiet and noise
  • 4aAA7: The Seattle Space Needle renovation: Acoustical design considerations and challenges at 600 feet above ground level

More information on these and all other meeting sessions is available here.


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In the coming weeks, ASA's Worldwide Press Room will be updated with additional tips on dozens of newsworthy stories and with lay language papers, which are 300-500 word summaries of presentations written by scientists for a general audience and accompanied by photos, audio and video. You can visit the site during the meeting at



We will grant free registration to credentialed journalists and professional freelance journalists. If you are a reporter and would like to attend, contact the AIP Media Line at 301-209-3090. For urgent requests, staff at [email protected] can also help with setting up interviews and obtaining images, sound clips, or background information.



The Acoustical Society of America (ASA) is the premier international scientific society in acoustics devoted to the science and technology of sound. Its 7,000 members worldwide represent a broad spectrum of the study of acoustics. ASA publications include The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (the world's leading journal on acoustics), JASA Express Letters, Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year. See