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Year : 1998  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

Birth of a new Journal

Deepak K Prasher 
 Institute of Laryngology and Otology, University College London, 330 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE, United Kingdom

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Deepak K Prasher
Institute of Laryngology and Otology, University College London, 330 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EE
United Kingdom

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Welcome to the first issue of Noise and Health, the only International Journal devoted to research on all aspects of noise and its effects on human health. This is an inter-disciplinary journal for all professions concerned with auditory and non-auditory effects of occupational, environmental and leisure noise. We will be publishing peer-reviewed papers on a broad range of topics associated with noise pollution, its control and its detrimental effects on hearing and health. It will cover issues from basic experimental science through clinical evaluation and management, technical aspects of noise reduction systems and solutions to environmental issues relating to social and public health policy.

For some time, there has been a need for a journal to bring together all aspects of research relating to noise. At present, the work is scattered in many publications and does not lend it self easily to all those interested in the health implications of noise in the workplace and in the community. This is particularly so for the presentation of material relating to the non­auditory effects of noise as there is no specific forum where these may be aired and debated. This journal will endeavour to provide such a forum for all aspects of noise related research work and a focus for such activity.

This journal has developed from the European Commission BIOMED 2 Concerted Action on Protection Against Noise (PAN: Contract BMH4CT96-0110) within the EC Fourth Framework Programme for Research. The PAN project has been running since April 1996 and now has 52 partners from 17 countries, participating with the prime objective of bringing scientific, medical and technical experts in Europe to exchange ideas and develop experimental and clinical research strategies with the common goal of advancement of the scientific knowledge to improve the health protection of workers.

After organising a number of scientific conferences and workshops around Europe on the issue of noise, I felt, as the Scientist-in­Charge of the PAN project, that there was a need to continue to bring this multi-disciplinary research area to a focal point and to widen the base beyond Europe. Hence the birth of a new Journal of Noise and Health. We hope that this Journal will provide a much needed forum for inter-disciplinary education and dissemination of information across the many disciplines involved in the area of noise such as occupational medicine, environmental health, audiological science, acoustics, psychology, physiology, pharmacology, law and many others.

After air and water pollution, noise, a pervasive form of pollution, is of prime concern to a growing number of people and certainly an increasing number are being exposed to hazardous levels of noise often in combination with other oto-toxic agents. Occupational noise is the major cause of acquired hearing loss in the adult population and environmental noise is a major source of annoyance and neighbourhood complaints which, in the UK, have trebled in the past decade. There has been a worsening trend in road traffic noise in OECD countries in the 1990s. According to the European Environment Agency's report Europe's Environment about 450 million people, 65% of European population are exposed to noise levels above 55dBA which may result in annoyance, aggressive behaviour and sleep disturbance. A further breakdown shows some 113 million exposed to levels greater than 65dBA and around 10 million to noise levels above 75dBA, which can potentially result in increased cardiovascular risk, stress and hearing impairment. Recently concerns have also been expressed in the USA at the poor School classroom acoustics, which are potentially capable of leaving children with difficulties with communication and learning.

The enormity of the noise problem worldwide is further highlighted, in the accompanying editorial in this issue of Noise and Health, by Peter Alberti. If we are to avoid further deterioration we need coherent national strategies and in this regard, Andrew Smith of the World Health Organisation explains in detail, under the 'Policy Issues' section of the Journal, the WHO policy and their programme of prevention of deafness particularly in the developing countries.

This Journal will endeavour to bring to your attention the latest advances in the field, for example in this issue, a review by Canlon et al., explains the current thinking on the prospects for pharmacological intervention in protection from noise damage.

We have been fortunate in having unanimous approval and indeed great enthusiasm for the launch of this Journal from many colleagues who are eminent members of academic institutions around the world and have and continue to contribute significantly to research on noise. They have agreed as members of the Editorial Board to guide the Journal in its endeavour to publish high quality research papers. To make the Journal a success we will also need your support. We hope that you will encourage your colleagues to publish in the Journal and your library to subscribe to it. We look forward to a fruitful partnership and wish you the best in your quest for sound solutions.