Characterization of the indoor kitchen soundscape
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With a growing tendency for compact living, the kitchen space is typically at the center of the daily activity, combining different functionalities. In the context of the “IoT chef” project, the cooking experience is optimized, with focus on the cooker hood noise.In a first part of the study, a large scale online survey (N = 470) is conducted among Flemish home cooks in order to (1) map personal assessments of the sound environment during a typical cooking experience and (2) evaluate the indoor (kitchen) soundscape based on the ISO 12913-1/2 standard. The impact of the role of the observant (chef or bystander) on the subjective evaluation is investigated.In a second part of the study, typical kitchen sound levels are monitored during a one-week period at 16 households, selected from survey participants. Additionally, cooker hood levels are measured at the cook’s ears to define the contribution of hood noises in the overall kitchen sound environment. Results from the measurement campaign are presented and discussed.