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Year : 1999  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 1--2

Issue of environmental noise and annoyance

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

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

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Prasher D. Issue of environmental noise and annoyance.Noise Health 1999;1:1-2

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Prasher D. Issue of environmental noise and annoyance. Noise Health [serial online] 1999 [cited 2022 May 16 ];1:1-2
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In this special issue of the journal of Noise and Health, we consider the subject of annoyance from environmental noise. Annoyance is a particularly important psychological reaction as it affects an individual's quality of life. Furthermore any deterioration in the quality of life has implications for the health of the individual.

Any continued adverse psychological reaction may lead to changes in the immune system and thereby affect the physical well-being of the individual.

In this issue leading experts from the field consider non-acoustical factors which play a significant role in the annoyance from environmental noise.

The understanding of reactions to noise is a necessity for informed decision-making by public authorities.

The impact of noise based on noise levels alone do not reflect the true extent of the effect on the community. Although increasing noise levels show an increase in levels of annoyance, the absolute noise levels are not sufficient determinants of annoyance. A dripping tap with a very low sound level can be extremely annoying when concentration is of the utmost importance.

Activity disturbance plays a major role in the general reaction to noise. Complaints of community noise nuisance have trebled in the last decade in the UK.

There is a growing awareness of the detrimental effect of excessive noise in the environment and a need to understand the factors that affect annoyance levels and how they may be altered to reduce the effect on Man.

This special edition of the Journal raises the importance of non-acoustical determinants of annoyance from environmental noise which we hope will stimulate discussion and offer ways of combating the negative psychological reactions.