Newswise — WASHINGTON, D.C., November 20, 2017 -- Acoustical waves and vibrations allow us to hear and experience the world with fuller sensory stimulation. Acoustics has applications that cover a broad spectrum of topics including anthropogenic noise in marine environments, the dangers of hospital noise, and auditory sensitivity after drinking. The Acoustical Society of America’s fall meeting this year will showcase the diversity of sound and its applications. 

Acoustical presentations will take place at the New Orleans Marriott in Louisiana this month at the biannual gathering of sound scientists at the forefront of acoustics. The meeting also includes numerous workshops, focus sessions and networking events with presentations to dazzle the mind (and ears) of undergraduates and experienced professionals alike.

The 174th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America will be held Dec. 4-8, 2017, at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting will showcase over 1,000 presentations on the acoustical applications in nature, engineering, technology, and human health. Reporters are invited to attend in person for free (see details below). Journalists may also remotely access meeting information with ASA’s World Wide Press Room, which will go live once the meeting begins, and host the latest press releases as well as lay language articles about work to be presented. Live media webcasts featuring a selection of newsworthy research will take place Tuesday, Dec 5; time and topics will be announced shortly. For descriptions of all presentations, see the ASA 2017 Program at

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In the coming weeks, ASA’s World Wide Press Room will be updated with additional tips on dozens of newsworthy stories and with lay language papers, which are 300-800 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 Emilie Lorditch ([email protected]) or Julia Majors ([email protected]) at AIP Media (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. 


A press briefing featuring will be webcast live from the conference Tuesday, Dec 5, 2017, in room TBA at the New Orleans Marriott in New Orleans, Louisiana. Register at to watch the live webcast. The schedule will be posted here as soon as it is available. 


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), Acoustics Today magazine, books, and standards on acoustics. The society also holds two major scientific meetings each year. For more information about ASA, visit our website at