Adverse Health Effects from Overexposure to Air Traffic Noise
Overexposure to air traffic noise has the potential to cause severe adverse physical and mental health effects in populations. Such unreasonable levels of air traffic noise will cause sleep disturbance and annoyance, severely affecting the quality of life.
With overexposure to air traffic noise, psychophysiological changes, including changes to blood pressure and stress hormone levels, are possible. Cardiovascular disease in the form of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and hypertension (high blood pressure) may arise. Obesity and type-2 diabetes are also promoted by such overexposure to air traffic noise. Children and vulnerable individuals may also suffer cognitive impairment effects. Chronic exposure to noise during early childhood impairs reading acquisition and reduces learning motivation.
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So, how can the mitigation of aircraft noise be achieved?
Eoghan is a qualified Acoustic Consultant and has been involved in the audio industry for 10 years. His most notable designation is that of M.Phil., Music and Media Technologies, awarded by Trinity College Dublin with a distinction grade.
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