AIIC research project on acoustic shocks

A two-minute survey to test the prevalence of acoustic shocks among AIIC members

During its recent meeting in Geneva, and subsequent to the issue of acoustic shocks (AS) reported earlier by staff and freelance interpreters working at the Translation Bureau of Canada, the Advisory Board and the Executive Committee of AIIC tasked the Research Committee, the Technical and Health Committee and the Canada Region to collaborate with Dr Fournier from the Aix-Marseille University to investigate acoustic shocks among conference interpreters.

Dr Philippe Fournier is a Canadian audiologist and researcher at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Sensorielles et Cognitives, Aix-Marseille University, and specializes in acoustic shocks.

Since we do not know whether AS are rare phenomena or not, the first step in this project aims to define their prevalence among AIIC members and potentially to draft recommendations and guidelines for interpreters and equipment providers. This is why you are receiving this questionnaire today. Filling it in will take approximately two minutes.

We thank you for your participation. The deadline for this first step is 31 October.

Marc Orlando (Research Committee); Gabriella Verdi & Klaus Ziegler (Technical & Health Committee); Linda Ballantyne (Canada region), in collaboration with Dr Fournier.

Click here to start the survey

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