auditory alarms





On June 16, 2022, The Boston Globe published a paper on our work regarding auditory alarms in hospital settings. 

“We found that participants were able to clearly recognize an alert’s meaning regardless of whether it was presented as a beep or a more complex sound. Yet they overwhelmingly rated the music-inspired alerts as less annoying,” says Michael Schutz. 

To read the full article, check it out here


For details, see our recent academic publications on this topic:



Foley, L., Schlesinger, J., & Schutz, M. (2022). More detectable, less annoying: Temporal variation in amplitude envelope and spectral content improves auditory interface efficacy. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America151(5), 3189-3196.


Foley, L., Anderson, C. & Schutz, M. (2020). Re-Sounding Alarms: Designing Ergonomic Auditory Interfaces by Embracing Musical Insights. Healthcare, 8(4), 389.


Sreetharan, S., & Schutz, M. (2019). Improving Human-Computer Interface Design through Application of Basic Research on Audiovisual Integration and Amplitude Envelope. Multimodal Technologies and Interaction.


Schutz, M. (2019). Acoustic Structure and Musical Function: Musical Notes Informing Auditory Research. The Oxford Handbook of Music and Neuroscience. Michael Thaut and Donald Hodges, Eds.


Gillard, J. & Schutz, M. (2016). Composing alarms: Considering the musical aspects of auditory alarm design. Neurocase, 22(6), 566-576.