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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 75  |  Page : 57--82

ICBEN review of research on the biological effects of noise 2011-2014

1 Department of Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Federal Office for the Environment, Noise and NIR Division, Bern, Switzerland
3 School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
4 Department of Urban Environment and Safety, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research (TNO), Delft, Netherlands
5 Finegold & So, Consultants, 1167 Bournemouth Court, Centerville, Ohio 45459, USA
6 Eco-Transport Research Division, Korea Railroad Research Institute, Republic of Korea
7 Department of Safety, Security and Environment, Institute of Transport Economics (TØI), Oslo, Norway
8 School of Speech Language and Audiology, University of Montreal, Montréal (Québec), Canada
9 Department of Acoustics, Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, Stuttgart, Germany
10 Department of Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan
11 University of York, Environment Department, Stockholm Environment Institute, York, United Kingdom
12 Department of Audiology and Phoniatrics, Nofer Institute of Occupational Medicine, Poland
13 Department of Building, Energy, and Environmental Engineering, University of Gävle, Gävle; Linnaeus Centre HEAD, Swedish Institute for Disability Research, University of Linköping, Linköping, Sweden

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mathias Basner
Department of Psychiatry, Division of Sleep and Chronobiology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, 1013 Blockley Hall, 423 Guardian Drive, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 19104-6021
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1463-1741.153373

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The mandate of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) is to promote a high level of scientific research concerning all aspects of noise-induced effects on human beings and animals. In this review, ICBEN team chairs and co-chairs summarize relevant findings, publications, developments, and policies related to the biological effects of noise, with a focus on the period 2011-2014 and for the following topics: Noise-induced hearing loss; nonauditory effects of noise; effects of noise on performance and behavior; effects of noise on sleep; community response to noise; and interactions with other agents and contextual factors. Occupational settings and transport have been identified as the most prominent sources of noise that affect health. These reviews demonstrate that noise is a prevalent and often underestimated threat for both auditory and nonauditory health and that strategies for the prevention of noise and its associated negative health consequences are needed to promote public health.


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