1. Project Summary
  2. Funding
  3. Project Partners
  4. Final Reports
  5. Project Team
  6. Contact

Project Summary

People with hearing loss, asymmetric hearing loss, vision loss, anxiety, attention deficit, and some auditory cognitive impairments can experience barriers from background noise and sound reverberation in built environments.

This project will investigate the impact of the acoustic environment on persons living with disabilities and explore technologies that can contribute to the reduction and elimination of acoustics barriers. Our research team will recommend a set of acoustics best practices and inform the creation of accessibility standards to improve the quality and comfort of the listening experience. Our work will be informed by research literature, field assessments of available acoustics technologies, and active engagement with people with lived experience of disability.

The goal of this study is to determine which practices and technologies can provide the most practicable solutions to acoustic accessibility barriers in different spaces and to communicate that knowledge in a clear and usable way.


Accessibility Institute received $295,000 over 1 year from Accessibility Standards Canada to fund this research.

Project Partners

Final Reports

Final Research Report (English)

Final Research Report (French)

Executive Summary (English)

Executive Summary (French)

Project Team

  • Dr. Rafik Goubran, Principle Investigator
  • Dr. Boris Vukovic, Co-Principle Investigator
  • Dr. Brady Laska, Research Lead
  • Laura Ault, Research Coordinator
  • Dr. Mako Hirotani, Researcher
  • Dr. Bruce Wallace, Research Advisor


For inquiries about this project, please contact Boris Vukovic