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Environmental noise and mental health: Five year review and future directions

  title={Environmental noise and mental health: Five year review and future directions},
  author={Irene Kamp and Hugh W Davies and Ba Bilthoven},
Since the previous review of Stansfeld and Lercher (2003) there has been modest but continuing interest in the mental health effects of noise over the last five years (2003-2008). In particular the aspect of noise sensitivity has been studied more extensively in this period. Also recent results of longitudinal studies around major airports and the so called LARES (Large Analysis and Review of European housing and health Status) study shed more light on the relationship between noise and mental… 

Noise and Health from different perspectives

The state of the art of “classic” studies on noise and health is reviewed and some new approaches and their potential to enhance further understanding of differential health effects of noise are discussed.

Environmental Noise Exposure and Neurodevelopmental and Mental Health Problems in Children: a Systematic Review

Data supporting the harmful effect of noise on neurodevelopmental and mental health in children are heterogeneous and limited and there is only suggestive evidence that road traffic noise might lead to neuro developmental problems in children.

Aircraft Noise and Psychological Ill-Health: The Results of a Cross-Sectional Study in France

The hypothesis that psychological aspects, such as noise annoyance and noise sensitivity, play important roles in the association between environmental noise and adverse effects on health is supported, however, further studies are necessary in order to better understand the links between these variables.

Aircraft noise and health of residents living in the vicinity of Frankfurt Airport

In 2005 a field study on the effects of aircraft noise on annoyance, disturbances and health-related quality of life was done with residents living around Frankfurt Airport. Face-to- face studies

The relationship between aircraft sound levels, noise annoyance and mental well-being: An analysis of moderated mediation

The evidence of a relationship between environmental noise exposure and mental health-related quality of life (HQoL) is inconsistent. Several studies have shown an association between noise annoyance

Self-rated health status in relation to aircraft noise exposure, noise annoyance or noise sensitivity: the results of a cross-sectional study in France

Findings in the small number of available studies to date suggesting a positive association between aircraft noise levels and a fair/poor SRHS are confirmed, and the hypothesis that noise sensitivity would moderate this association is supported.

Neighbour and traffic noise annoyance: a nationwide study of associated mental health and perceived stress

It is indicated that there is a strong relationship between noise annoyance and poor mental health and high levels of perceived stress among individuals living in multistorey housing in Denmark.

Examining air pollution (PM10), mental health and well-being in a representative German sample

Investigating the physical environmental factor, air pollution, measured by particulate matter of particles with an aerodynamic diameter smaller than 10 µm and effects on determinants of mental health and well-being shows that higher life satisfaction, more self-esteem and higher stress resilience are predicted by less air pollution (PM10).

Associations of traffic noise with self-rated health and psychotropic medication use.

Exposure to road traffic noise was not associated with increased use of psychotropic medication, although it was associated with weakened self-rated health among men.



Noise and Health in the Urban Environment

The effects of environmental noise on the non-auditory aspects of health in urban settings are reviewed and chronic aircraft noise exposure impairs reading comprehension and long-term memory and may be associated with increased blood pressure.

Noise pollution: non-auditory effects on health.

In children, chronic aircraft noise exposure impairs reading comprehension and long-term memory and may be associated with raised blood pressure, and further research is needed examining coping strategies and the possible health consequences of adaptation to noise.

Exposure to aircraft noise and risk of psychiatric disorders: the Elmas survey

The present study shows an increased risk for long-lasting syndromal anxiety states (Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Anxiety Disorder NOS), thus supporting the hypothesis of a sustained central autonomic arousal due to chronic exposure to noise.

Noise-induced annoyance and morbidity results from the pan-European LARES study.

Noise-induced annoyance in the housing environment was collected and evaluated in connection with medically diagnosed illnesses and adults who indicated chronically severe annoyance by neighbourhood noise were found to have an increased health risk for the cardiovascular system and the movement apparatus, as well as an increased risk of depression and migraine.

The built environment and mental health

  • G. Evans
  • Psychology
    Journal of Urban Health
  • 2006
The built environment has direct and indirect effects on mental health, and personal control, socially supportive relationships, and restoration from stress and fatigue are all affected by properties of the built environment.

Ambient neighbourhood noise and children's mental health

Investigating the relation between typical ambient noise levels and multiple mental health indices of school children considering psychosocial and biological risk factors as potential moderators found exposure to ambient noise was associated with small decrements in children's mental health and poorer classroom behaviour.

Health status as a potential effect modifier of the relation between noise annoyance and incidence of ischaemic heart disease

Annoyance and disturbance due to road traffic noise is associated with a higher incidence of ischaemic heart disease and prevalence of disease can be an important effect modifier of the relation between noise annoyance and health outcomes.

The impact of the physical and urban environment on mental well-being.

The role of noise sensitivity in the noise-response relation: a comparison of three international airport studies.

Comparisons of socio-acoustic studies conducted around international airports in Amsterdam, Sydney, and London support the previous findings that noise sensitivity is an independent predictor of annoyance and adds to the prediction of noise annoyance afforded by noise exposure level by up to 26% of explained variance.