| [Download PDF]
|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 64 | Page : 153--159
Noise and health in vulnerable groups: A review
Irene van Kamp1, Hugh Davies2,
1 RIVM, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health, Netherlands
2 UBC University of British Columbia, School of Population and Public Health, Canada
Irene van Kamp
Po Box 1, Postvak 10, 3720BA, Bilthoven
Vulnerable or susceptible groups are mentioned in most reviews and documents regarding noise and health. But only a few studies address this issue in a concrete and focused way. Groups at risk most often mentioned in the literature are children, the elderly, the chronically ill and people with a hearing impairment. The other categories encountered are those of sensitive persons, shiftworkers, people with mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia or autism), people suffering from tinnitus, and fetuses and neonates. The mechanism for this vulnerability has not been clearly described and relevant research has seldom focused on the health effects of noise in these groups in an integrated manner. This paper summarizes the outcomes and major conclusions of a systematic, qualitative review of studies over the past 5 years. This review was prepared for the 10 th Conference on Noise as a Public Health Problem (ICBEN, 2011). Evidence is reviewed describing effects, groups assumed to be at risk, and mechanisms pertaining to noise sensitivity and learned helplessness.
|How to cite this article:|
van Kamp I, Davies H. Noise and health in vulnerable groups: A review.Noise Health 2013;15:153-159
|How to cite this URL:|
van Kamp I, Davies H. Noise and health in vulnerable groups: A review. Noise Health [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Aug 9 ];15:153-159
Available from: https://www.noiseandhealth.org/text.asp?2013/15/64/153/112361
In the recently published guideline by the WHO  for the burden of disease from environmental noise, it is concluded that future epidemiological noise research will need to focus on vulnerable groups; some noise exposures may be worse for particular subgroups than for others such as children, older people and lower socioeconomic groups. This conclusion supports the notion that noise effects can and should be differentiated between subgroups. In most recent reviews ,,,, on noise and health, this topic has been touched upon, but evidence is still scarce and scattered. There are conceptual problems and the mechanisms for these vulnerabilities have not been clearly described, nor are the mechanisms necessarily the same for different groups at risk. Mechanisms best described in the literature pertain to noise sensitivity, which is primarily assumed to operate via differential physiological responses to noise, and via socioeconomic status, e.g., via learned helplessness.
The key terms are vulnerability, noise sensitivity, (noise) sensitive areas or place and high-risk groups. These concepts are defined as follows. Vulnerability refers to the susceptibility of a person, group, society or system to physical or emotional injury or attack. It has also been described as the degree to which people, property, resources, systems and cultural, economic, environmental and social activity is susceptible to harm, degradation or destruction on being exposed to a hostile agent or factor.
Noise sensitivity refers to the internal states (be they physiological, psychological and attitudinal or related to life style or activities) of any individual that increase their degree of reactivity to noise in general. Noise sensitivity has a strong genetic component, as was shown by Heinonen et al.  Noise sensitivity can also be caused by physical illness, such as constant migraine headaches, and sudden trauma, such as a head injury. Severe panic disorder may also be accompanied by oversensitive hearing, which in turn facilitates panic attacks. Ear infections, surgery and the use of some prescribed medications can also lead to this heightened reaction to noise.
In epidemiology, a high-risk group has been defined as a group of people in the community with a higher-than-expected risk for developing a particular disease, which may be defined on a measurable parameter, an inherited genetic defect, physical attribute, lifestyle, habit, socioeconomic and/or educational feature as well as the environment. 
An area or place is defined as noise sensitive (NS) if noise interferes with the normal activities associated with the area's use. Examples of NS areas include residential, educational, health and religious structures and sites and parks, recreational areas (including areas with wilderness characteristics), wildlife refuges and cultural and historical sites where a quiet setting is a generally recognized feature or attribute. 
Data sources and searches
The Medline and Scopus databases were searched to identify relevant peer-reviewed studies published during a 5-year period between April 2006 and April 2011. This period runs partly parallel with the ICBEN (the international commission on biological effects of noise) congress timeline, but allows for a longer period of 5+ years in order to fully cover the issue of vulnerable groups. A wide range of keywords was used related to noise exposure, vulnerable goups and health outcomes, which is presented in Annex 1 [SUPPORTING:1]. In addition, the reference sections of previous systematic reviews, key papers, conference proceedings and international reports on vulnerable groups as well databases of websites dealing with the issue of noise and vulnerability [i.e., the World Health Organisation (WHO), Policy Interpretation Network on Children's Health and Environment (PINCHE)  and the European Network on Noise and Health (ENNAH)] were checked for potentially relevant references.
Inclusion and quality criteria
There was a language restriction for English, French and German papers. All studies were selected that concerned environmental quality in relation to noise, health and susceptible groups. Studies that did not explicitly deal with effects were, in most cases, excluded.
The original literature search yielded 212 papers, of which 71 were a priori eligible to be included in the review based on the crude criteria described above. Several papers were excluded because they did not give any information on the effects of noise. Finally, 62 papers were included in the review, of which 37 pertained to primary school children, 15 to (young) adolescents, 2 to pre-school children and 4 papers to neonates. Four papers concerned the effects of noise in specific patient groups such as children with autism,  asthma  and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The eldery were addressed in four papers and another four addressed all age groups and/or life span exposures. Remarkably, few studies dealt with noise sensitivity, while this may be key to understand susceptibility, sensitive moments of the day, sensitive places and sensitive periods in the life course. An additional search in Medline and Scopus Databases yielded eight studies on these related topics for the past 5 years.
Health effects most frequently described in the literature were annoyance, sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease, cognitive effects and effects on hearing. Risk groups most often mentioned in relation with environmental noise in the literature were children, older people, chronically ill people and the hearing impaired people. Groups potentially also at risk were noise-sensitive people, people with a low social economic status, people suffering from tinnitus, shift workers, mentally ill people (schizophrenia, autism) and foetus and neonates. Especially regarding hearing impairment, there was some overlap between hearing impairment as outcome and hearing impairment as a risk factor or indicator of susceptibility to noise. The overview of evidence is first structured along these health endpoints and theoretical risk groups. Next, evidence regarding the mechanisms of noise sensitivity and learned helplessness are discussed in more detail.
van Kempen et al.  showed that the exposure-annoyance curve of schoolchildren (aged 9-11 years) for aircraft noise, overall, has the same pattern as in adults. However, children score lower on annoyance at the high end of the scale, and somewhat higher at the lower end. These findings confirm the conclusion of Babisch;  In a recently published study, Babisch et al.,  concluded that German children aged between 8 and 14 years were considerably less frequently annoyed by road traffic noise at home than adults.
Very few studies are available on annoyance reaction in older people. There is no evidence that people above 60 years respond differently to environmental noise.  Based on the analysis of a large metadata set (N = 62,983), van Gerven et al.  found evidence of a non-linear relation; results revealed an inverted U-shaped pattern for both road and air traffic noise plotted against age. The lowest frequencyof highly annoyed were found in both the youngest and the oldest groups. These effects were independent of noise level and noise sensitivity.
A study in Beijing  among students revealed that the extremely high levels of exposure to traffic noise (64.0 dBA to 79.2 dBA) resulted in a percentage highly annoyed of up to 39% on the ISO verbal annoyance scale, and 50% according to the numerical scale.
Evidence has indicated  that children are less sensitive to awakenings and sleep-cycle shifts, but more sensitive to physiological effects such as blood pressure (BP) reactions ,, and related motility. 
Muzet,  in his review, concluded that there is only anecdotal evidence that older people are more at risk for sleep disturbance due to noise. Other potential vulnerable groups are people with a somatic or mental disorder and shift-workers.  Earlier suggestions that long-term health effects of sleep disturbance depend on the person's vulnerability and/or sensitivity ,, are not supported by more recent evidence.
Analysis on the pooled data set (Heathrow, Schiphol) of the RANCH study  indicated that aircraft noise exposure at school was related to a statistically non-significant increase in BP and heart rate in children. Road traffic noise showed an unexplained negative effect. Babisch and van Kamp  (and a later review of UK studies  ) concluded that there was an inconsistent association between aircraft noise and children's BP. In their recent review, Paunovic et al.,  concluded a tendency toward positive associations, but observed large methodological differences between studies. A study among children aged 8-14 years by Babisch et al.,  concluded that road traffic noise at home as a stressor could affect children's BP. There is some evidence that short-term cardiovascular reactions during sleep are more pronounced in children.  Lepore et al.,  concluded that compared with quiet-school children, noisy-school children had significantly lower increases in BP when exposed to either acute noise or non-noise stressors, indicative of a generalized habituation effect. Studies in Serbia , among schoolchildren and pre-school children indicated a raised BP among children from noisy schools and quiet residences compared with children from both quiet environments. There is no consistent evidence that the effect of traffic noise on cardiovascular diseases increases with age.  Bodin et al.,  found strong evidence for an age effect in the noise BP association, with a stronger relation in the middle aged; age group-specific models could account for differences in prevalence in future studies.
A study among 30 male and female participants aged 18-32 years  concluded that environmental noise leads to a significant increment in both systolic and diastolic BP. The effects were significantly associated with an increment of 5 dBA both in transient as well as in sustained effects (lag time > 30-60 min), especially in females.
There is a differential, but inconclusive, effect regarding gender differences in cardiovascular effects of noise. , Finally, Babisch showed that people with prevalent chronic diseases run a slightly higher risk of heart diseases as a result of traffic noise than those without heart diseases. 
Physiological effects and quality of life
A study in France  among 10-year-old schoolchildren showed that school noise exposure was associated with fatigue, headaches and higher cortisol level indicative of a stress reaction. These findings are supported by a Swedish study,  which found increased prevalence of fatigue, headache and reduced diurnal cortisol variability in relation with classroom Leq during school day levels between 59 and 87 dBA. A cross-sectional study in Nigeria  among children frequenting a school near a major road (noise range: 68-85 dBA) found at least some annoyance and concentration disturbance in 70% of the children. Fatigue and lack of concentration came forward as the most prevalent noise-related health problems.
Parra et al.,  report that in people over 60 years of age living in Bogota, road traffic noise was negatively related to both the physical and the mental dimension of health-related (HR) quality of life.
Based on the RANCH study of exposures around three major European airports, Clark et al.,  reported that exposure at home was highly correlated with aircraft noise exposure at school and demonstrated a similar linear association with impaired reading comprehension after adjustment for a range of confounders. Stansfeld et al.,  concluded that night exposures does not add to these effects of daytime exposures to aircraft noise. Likewise, Kaltenbach et al.,  found exposure to aircraft daytime noise of 50 dBA and over to be associated with learning difficulties in schoolchildren. Road traffic noise exposure at school was not associated with reading comprehension in the RANCH study. Ljung et al.,  concluded that road traffic noise impaired reading speed and basic mathematics, but had no effect on reading comprehension or on mathematical reasoning. Irrelevant speech did not disrupt performance on any task. Klatte et al.,  found that serial recall of visually presented digits was severely disrupted by background irrelevant speech. A later study  replicated the findings regarding irrelevant background speech. Noteworthy is the fact that the children did not consciously realize these detrimental effects of irrelevant speech. Train noise exposure did not show comparable effects.
Shield and Dockrell  related in- and outside-noise exposure at school with standard test scores for literacy, mathematics and science in children aged 7-11 years in London. The results revealed an association between noise and performance on these tests after adjustment for socio-economic factors, especially in the older children. However, a recent study of Xie et al.,  in secondary schools in Greater London did not support these findings.
In a small study (N = 20) on the effect of climate, light and noise in the work environment, Fosnaric and Planinsec  found a significant effect of noise on the work performance of male adolescents.
Studies on hearing loss due to noise in children are rare. Within the framework of the PINCHE project, Bistrup et al.,  concluded that noise can have auditory effects on children, but most effects are long term and cumulative. They advise to describe the effects of noise on children from a life-course perspective in order to illustrate the prospects of cumulative effects. A study  among children of highly noise-exposed mothers during pregnancy showed no hearing impairment.
In the past 5 years, several studies have addressed the issue of hearing disorders and loss in adolescents as a result of recreational noise. Rosanowski et al.,  found no pure tone hearing loss but found transient effects on hearing and tinnitus immediately after exposure. Martinez-Wbaldo Mdel et al.,  reported high-frequency hearing loss in 21% of the high-school students in Mexico, which was primarily related to frequent exposure to music at discotheques and pop-concerts, the use of personal devices and noise exposure in school workshops. A study in Brazil  among young adults confirmed these findings, indicating that a substantial percentage of the participants reported temporary tinnitus (69%) after attending discos and concerts and listening to music through headphones. Tinnitus complaints were more frequent among females (41%) than among males (27%). A similar study in Turkey  also found a high prevalence of (transient) tinnitus in young adolescents due to loud music. Noise-induced hearing loss at a young age due to recreational music and personal devices was reviewed by Harisson.  An American study  revealed a prevalence of approximately 6% perceived hearing loss and 13.5% of prolonged tinnitus.
The effects of noise and smoking were studied in a stratified sample of 440 people between 21 and 50 years by El Zir et al.,  The results showed an effect of smoking on hearing in all age groups but an interaction effect with noise only in the group older than 40 years.
In a recent study of Heinonen et al.,  noise sensitivity was associated with self-reported hearing disability among all subjects, but especially in women and younger subjects (50 years or less). Finally, Baur et al.,  reported significant negative effects of noise exposure, painkillers, overweight and cardiovascular diseases on hearing loss. A positive effect of moderate alcohol consumption was shown in the elderly.
Miscellaneous outcomes for specific risk groups and outcomes
Linares et al.,  studied hospital admissions of children younger than 10 years old and found an association between road traffic noise levels and admission for respiratory disease, pneumonia and organic diseases after adjustment for air pollution effects, meteorological circumstances, influenza epidemics and pollen concentrations. An effect of social economic status could not be ruled out based on the presented information. In a birth cohort of 652 children, Bockelbrink et al.,  found an association between noise annoyance (specifically during the night) and prevalence of physician-diagnosed asthma attacks in girls.
The few studies ,, on neonates at the ICU of hospitals have concentrated on noise levels only and potential measures to reduce these. No data are available regarding the short- and long-term health effects.
Russo et al.,  compared speech-evoked responses between normal children and children with autism under a quiet and noisy condition. Normal children showed delayed reaction times under the noisy conditions, whereas autistic children showed delayed times under both conditions; children with attention deficit syndrome perform as well under quiet conditions as normal children do under noisy conditions.
Berry and Flindell  concluded in their review that evidence shows that noise-sensitive (NS) people were more susceptible to cardiovascular effects. This ties in with the role of annoyance as a mediating factor. Babisch et al.,  only found an effect of NS on cardiovascular effects when NS, annoyance and exposure were assessed before the cardiovascular outcomes (prospective studies). White et al.,  compared physiological effects of task performance between highly NS and a non-sensitive group. Both mean heart rate and sympathovagal balance of non-NS subjects were responsive to the change in circumstances between conditions. This was not the case for high NS participants. Shepherd et al.,  found that NS was associated with HR quality of life. Annoyance and sleep disturbance mediated the effects of NS on health. Schreckenberg et al.,  concluded that NS people were more critical of their environmental quality, in particular with regard to air traffic. This phenomenon was earlier referred to by Weinstein as "critical tendency."  Fyhri and Klaeboe  concluded that only NS was related to hypertension and chest pain, while no relationships between noise exposure and health complaints were identified. It was concluded that it is conceivable that individual vulnerability is reflected both in ill health and NS. Heinonen et al.,  found that cardiovascular mortality was significantly increased only in NS women. Based on this, it was concluded that NS may be a risk factor for cardiovascular mortality in women, which is a slightly different interpretation than that suggested by Fyhri and Klaeboe.  No main effect of NS was observed by Ljungberg and Neely  in cognitive after-effects of vibration and noise exposure.
Ryu and Jeon  found NS to have a greater influence on the percentage of highly annoyed by indoor noise than outdoor noise. Marks and Griefahn  report a high correlation between noise sensitivity and subjective sleep quality in terms of decreased restoration and calmness, difficulty to fall asleep and body movements. The results suggest that noise-induced sleep disturbance is mediated by NS.
Very few studies addressed the role of socioeconomic factors. Theoretically, this relation would operate via learned helplessness  and unequal distributions of noise in the population. Low socio economic status (SES) groups/areas might be more at risk due to accumulations of exposures at residential level (noise, air pollution, etc.) and of residential and work exposures. In the USA and UK, an association was previously found between income level and exposure levels.  In the Netherlands, no such SES differences were confirmed, except for rail noise. Both at the higher and at the lower ends of the SES gradient, increased noise exposures were found.  Likewise, Fyhri and Klaeboe  did not find a SES-related noise distribution in Oslo, but they did find an income-mediated association in a medium-sized city.
Vulnerable groups regarding environmental noise have been understudied, are generally underrepresented in study populations and evidence of differential effects is still highly anecdotal. As a consequence, clear effects are few and this is partly due to the lack of targeted and well-designed studies making clear comparisons between the general population and the potentially susceptible groups and quantifying these differences in terms of noise levels. Setting specific limit values to protect susceptible groups is not yet possible based on the available evidence, although some suggestions have been made in the literature. In the Night noise guidelines,  for example, it has been suggested that night time exposure levels above 40 dB more severely affect vulnerable groups.
Effects of noise in schoolchildren are the best documented. The available evidence shows that children are less vulnerable for annoyance than adults, but more vulnerable for cognitive effects of noise. They are not per se more vulnerable as a group, but more at risk because of less-developed coping strategies, and they are in a sensitive developmental period. This is indicative of a life phase effect rather than an age effect. Children seem to be less vulnerable for awakenings due to noise but more vulnerable for physiological effects during sleep and related motility. There is some evidence that annoyance from both road- and air traffic noise predicts asthma prevalence in children (both self-reported and diagnosed). Evidence does not indicate that the elderly are more vulnerable to noise in terms of annoyance and sleep disturbance. Age-specific comparisons rather show an inverted U-shaped relation and indicate that both young and older people are less at risk as far as annoyance and disturbance are concerned. But, possibly, the elderly are more vulnerable regarding cardiovascular effects, and this may be a combined effect of air pollution and noise.  The role of noise annoyance and noise sensitivity in this relation is still inconclusive. Noise sensitivity-related effects might be part of a more generic vulnerability effect, which could be psychologically and/or physiologically based. Gender differences in terms of vulnerability for cardiovascular effects should also be further studied. A further distinction between susceptible people, places and periods might be useful for future research. More attention to specific groups at risk is warranted, such as the mentally ill, shift-workers and people suffering from tinnitus. Also, the distribution of noise over SES groups deserves more attention as well as the accumulation of exposures (noise and air), the accumulation of residential and work-related exposures and places with less opportunity for recovery from daily stressors (lack of restoration). It may also be fruitful to study the differential effects of noise from a more contextual viewpoint and take life course- and life phase-related aspects into account. This includes looking at studies into the health effects of noise in groups based on, e.g., social economic status, working situations and places. Assuming a joint effect of co-exposures like noise and air pollution, or different noise sources, studying susceptible groups based on these would shed more light on these joint effects. It would also include looking at specific susceptibility for noise during the life stages and an accumulation of risk during the life course. To further this field, it is necessary in future studies to present and compare subgroup-specific exposure effect relations. Generic use of the term "vulnerable groups" should be avoided as the mechanisms are quite different and maybe more important: They vary in time, place and across contexts. Groups at risk or susceptible groups, periods or places would, in most cases, be more appropriate terms to use and are less stigmatising than the term vulnerability.
|1||Burden of disease from environmental noise. Quantification of healthy life years lost in Europe. (Eds. Lin Fritschi, A. Lex Brown, Rokho Kim, Dietrich Schwela, Stelios Kephalopoulos). Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe; 2011., ISBN: 978 92 890 0229 5.|
|2||Clark C, Stansfeld SA. The effect of transportation noise on health and cognitive deveopment: A review of recent evidence. Int J Comp Psychol 2007;20:145-58.|
|3||Berry BF, Flindell IH. Associates estimating dose-response relationships between noise exposure and human health impacts in the UK, Technical report. London: DEFRA; 2009.|
|4||Davies H, Kamp I. van, Noise and cardiovascular disease: A review of the literature 2008-2011 Noise Health 2012;14:287-91.|
|5||WHO. Guidelines for Community Noise. In: Berglund B, Lindvall T, Schwela DH, editors. Geneva: World Health Organisation; 2000.|
|6||Heinonen-Guzejev M, Vuorinen HS, Mussalo-Rauhamaa H, Heikkilä K, Koskenvuo M, Kaprio J. Genetic component of noise sensitivity, twin research on human genetics. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2005;8:245-9.|
|7||Segen, J.C. Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2006.|
|8||United States Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration. 2004. Advisory Circular. In Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Flight Near Noise-Sensitive Areas. Retrieved October 19, 2011 from http://airportnoiselaw.org/ac91-36.html. |
|9||PINCHE, 2006. Policy Interpretation Network on Children′s Health and Environment (PINCHE). Available: http://www.vggm.nl/ggd/milieu_en_gezondheid/projecten/pinche. |
|10||van Kempen EE, van Kamp I, Stellato RK, Lopez-Barrio I, Haines MM, Nilsson ME, et al. Children′s annoyance reactions to aircraft and road traffic noise. J Acoust Soc Am 2009;125:895-904.|
|11||Babisch W, Schulz C, Seiwert M. Conrad, A. Noise annoyance as reported by 8-14 year old children. Environ Behav 2012; vol. 44 no. 1 68-86.|
|12||Van Kamp I, Santos J, Hatfield J, Wei Du. Environmental noise and health in the elderly. In: Proceedings of 8 th European Conference on Noise Control (EURONOISE 2009), Vol. 31 Pt. 3. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK: Institute of Acoustics; 2009. Paper 0047, 1290-98.|
|13||Van Gerven PW, Vos H, Van Boxtel MP, Janssen SA, Miedema HM. Annoyance from environmental noise across the lifespan. J Acoust Soc Am 2009;126:187-94.|
|14||Li HJ, Yu WB, Lu JQ, Zeng L, Li N, Zhao YM. Investigation of road-traffic noise and annoyance in Beijing: A cross-sectional study of 4 th Ring Road. Arch Environ Occup Health 2008;63:27-33.|
|15||Öhrström E, Hadzibajramovic E, Holmes M, Svensson H. Effects of road traffic noise on sleep - studies on children and adults. J Environ Psychol 2006;26:116-26.|
|16||Muzet A. Environmental noise, sleep and health. Sleep Med Rev 2007;11:135-42.|
|17||Bruni L, Novelli R, Ferri. Sleep disturbance in children by noise. In: Nriagu JO, editor. Encyclopedia of Environmental Health. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science and Technology; 2011. p. 88-94.|
|18||WHO. Night noise guidelines (NNGL) for Europe EU centre for environment and health Bonn Office Grant Agreement 2003309 between the European Commission, DG Sanco and the World Health Organization. Copenhagen: WHO Regional Office for Europe; 2009.|
|19||van Kamp I, Job RF, Hatfield J, Haines M, Stellato RK, Stansfeld SA. The role of noise sensitivity in the noise-response relation: A comparison of three international airport studies. J Acoust Soc Am 2004;116:3471-9.|
|20||Staatsen BAM, Nijland HA, Kempen EEMM van, Hollander AEM de, Franssen AEM, Kamp I van. Assessment of health impacts and policy options in relation to transport noise. The Netherlands: National Institute for Public Health and the Environment; 815120002/2004.Bilthoven: RIVM.|
|21||van Kempen E, van Kamp I, Fischer P, Davies H, Houthuijs D, Stellato R, et al. Noise exposure and children′s blood pressure and heart rate: The RANCH project. Occup Environ Med 2006;63:632-9.|
|22||Babisch W, Kamp IV. Exposure-response relationship of the association between aircraft noise and the risk of hypertension. Noise Health 2009;11:161-8.|
|23||Stansfeld S, Crombie R. Cardiovascular effects of environmental noise: Research in the United Kingdom. Noise Health 2011;13:229-33.|
|24||Paunoviæ K, Stansfeld S, Clark C, Belojeviæ G. Epidemiological studies on noise and blood pressure in children: Observations and suggestions. Environ Int 2011;37:1030-41.|
|25||Babisch W, Neuhauser H, Thamm M, Seiwert M. Blood pressure of 8-14 year old children in relation to traffic noise at home - Results of the German Environmental Survey for Children (GerES IV). Sci Total Environ 2009;407:5839-43.|
|26||Griefahn B, Bröde P, Marks A, Basner M. Autonomic arousals related to traffic noise during sleep. Sleep 2008;31:569-77.|
|27||Lepore SJ, Shejwal B, Kim BH, Evans GW. Associations between chronic community noise exposure and blood pressure at rest and during acute noise and non-noise stressors among urban school children in India. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2010;7:3457-66.|
|28||Belojevic G, Jakovljevic B, Stojanov V, Paunovic K, Ilic J. Urban road-traffic noise and blood pressure and heart rate in preschool children. Environ Int 2008;34:226-31.|
|29||Belojevic G, Paunovic K, Jakovljevic B, Stojanov V, Ilic J, Slepcevic V, et al. Cardiovascular effects of environmental noise: Research in Serbia. Noise Health 2011;13:217-20.|
|30||Basner M. and Griefahn B. Aircraft noise effects on sleep: Mechanisms, mitigation and research needs. Noise Health. 2010 Apr-Jun; 12 (47):95-109. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.63210.|
|31||Bodin, Theo, Maria Albin, Jonas Ardö, Emilie Stroh, Per-Olof Östergren and Jonas Björk. Road traffic noise and hypertension: Results from a cross-sectional public health survey in southern Sweden. Environ Health 2009;8:38.|
|32||Chang TY, Lai YA, Hsieh HH, Lai JS, Liu CS. Effects of environmental noise exposure on ambulatory blood pressure in young adults. Environ Res 2009;109:900-5.|
|33||Babisch W. Transportation noise and cardiovascular risk: Updated review and synthesis of epidemiological studies indicate that the evidence has increased. Noise Health 2006;8:1-29.|
|34||Mir L. Noise in class: A stress factor for children? Le bruit en classe: Un facteur de stress pour les enfants? ERS 2008;7:5-6.|
|35||Wålinder R, Gunnarsson K, Runeson R, Smedje G. Physiological and psychological stress reactions in relation to classroom noise. Scand J Work Environ Health 2007;33:260-6.|
|36||Ana GR, Shendell DG, Brown GE, Sridhar MK. Assessment of noise and associated health impacts at selected secondary schools in Ibadan, Nigeria. J Environ Public Health 2009;2009:739502.|
|37||Parra DC, Gomez LF, Sarmiento OL, Buchner D, Brownson R, Schimd T, et al. Perceived and objective neighborhood environment attributes and health related quality of life among the elderly in Bogotá, Colombia. Soc Sci Med 2010;70:1070-6.|
|38||Clark C, Martin R, van Kempen E, Alfred T, Head J, Davies HW, et al. Exposure-effect relations between aircraft and road traffic noise exposure at school and reading comprehension: The RANCH project. Am J Epidemiol 2006;163:27-37.|
|39||Stansfeld S, Hygge S, Clark C, Alfred T. Night time aircraft noise exposure and children′s cognitive performance. Noise Health 2010;12:255-62.|
|40||Kaltenbach M, Maschke C, Klinke R. Health consequences of aircraft noise. Dtsch Arztebl Int 2008;105:548-56.|
|41||Ljung R, Sörqvist P, Hygge S. Effects of road traffic noise and irrelevant speech on children′s reading and mathematical performance. Noise Health 2009;11:194-8.|
|42||Klatte M, Meis M, Sukowski H, Schick A. Effects of irrelevant speech and traffic noise on speech perception and cognitive performance in elementary school children. Noise Health 2007;9:64-74.|
|43||Klatte M, Lachmann T, Meis M. Effects of noise and reverberation on speech perception and listening comprehension of children and adults in a classroom-like setting. Noise Health 2010;12:270-82.|
|44||Shield BM, Dockrell JE. The effects of environmental and classroom noise on the academic attainments of primary school children. J Acoust Soc Am 2008;123:133-44.|
|45||Xie H, Kang J, Tompsett R. The impacts of environmental noise on the academic achievements of secondary school students in Greater London. Appl Acoust 2011;72:551-5.|
|46||Fosnaric S, Planinsec J. Prediction of work efficiency in early adolescence under the effects of noise. Adolescence 2008;43:165-75.|
|47||Bistrup ML, Babisch W, Stansfeld S, Sulkowski W. PINCHE′s policy recommendations on noise: How to prevent noise from adversely affecting children. Acta Paediatr Suppl 2006;95:31-5.|
|48||Rocha EB, Frasson de Azevedo M, Ximenes Filho JA. Study of the hearing in children born from pregnant women exposed to occupational noise: Assessment by distortion product otoacoustic emissions. Braz J Otorhinolaryngol 2007;73:359-69.|
|49||Rosanowski F, Eysholdt U, Hoppe U. Influence of leisure-time noise on outer hair cell activity in medical students. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2006;80:25-31.|
|50||Martínez-Wbaldo Mdel C, Soto-Vázquez C, Ferre-Calacich I, Zambrano-Sánchez E, Noguez-Trejo L, Poblano A. Sensorineural hearing loss in high school teenagers in Mexico City and its relationship with recreational noise. Cad Saude Publica 2009;25:2553-61.|
|51||Zocoli AM, Morata TC, Marques JM, Corteletti LJ. Brazilian young adults and noise: Attitudes, habits, and audiological characteristics. Int J Audiol 2009;48:692-9.|
|52||Bulbul SF, Muluk NB, Cakir EP, Tufan E. Subjective tinnitus and hearing problems in adolescents. Int J Pediatr Otorhinolaryngol 2009;73:1124-31.|
|53||Harrison RV. Noise-induced hearing loss in children: A ′less than silent′ environmental danger. Paediatr Child Health 2008;13:377-82.|
|54||Holmes AE, Widén SE, Erlandsson S, Carver CL, White LL. Perceived hearing status and attitudes toward noise in young adults. Am J Audiol 2007;16:S182-9.|
|55||El Zir E, Mansour S, Salameh P, Chahine R. Environmental noise in Beirut, smoking and age are combined risk factors for hearing impairment. East Mediterr Health J 2008;14:888-96.|
|56||Heinonen-Guzejev M, Vuorinen HS, Mussalo-Rauhamaa H, Heikkilä K, Koskenvuo M, Kaprio J. The association of noise sensitivity with coronary heart and cardiovascular mortality among Finnish adults. Sci Total Environ 2007;372:406-12.|
|57||Baur M, Fransen E, Tropitzsch A, van Laer L, Mauz PS, Van Camp G, et al. Influence of exogenic factors on age-related hearing impairment. HNO 2009;57:1023-8.|
|58||Linares C, Díaz J, Tobías A, De Miguel JM, Otero A. Impact of urban air pollutants and noise levels over daily hospital admissions in children in Madrid: A time series analysis. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 2006;79:143-52.|
|59||Bockelbrink A, Willich SN, Dirzus I, Reich A, Lau S, Wahn U, et al. Environmental noise and asthma in children: Sex-specific differences. J Asthma 2008;45:770-3.|
|60||Lasky RE, Williams AL. Noise and light exposures for extremely low birth weight newborns during their stay in the neonatal intensive care unit. Pediatrics 2009;123:540-6.|
|61||Byers JF, Waugh WR, Lowman LB. Sound level exposure of high-risk infants in different environmental conditions. Neonatal Network 2006;25:25-32.|
|62||Liu WF, NIC/Q 2005 Physical Environment Exploratory Group. The impact of a noise reduction quality improvement project upon sound levels in the open-unit-design neonatal intensive care unit. J Perinatol 2010;30:489-96.|
|63||Russo N, Zecker S, Trommer B, Chen J, Kraus N. Effects of background noise on cortical encoding of speech in autism spectrum disorders. J Autism Dev Disord 2009;39:1185-96.|
|64||White K, Hofman W, van Kamp I. Noise sensitivity in relation to baseline arousal, physiological response and psychological features to noise exposure during task performance. In: Proceedings of the Internoise Conference 2010 Lisbon, Portugal, CD-ROM. pp 3132-3138.|
|65||Shepherd D, Welch D, Dirks KN, Mathews R. Exploring the relationship between noise sensitivity, annoyance and health-related quality of life in a sample of adults exposed to environmental noise. Int J Environ Res Public Health 2010;7:3579-94.|
|66||Schreckenberg D, Griefahn B, Meis M. The associations between noise sensitivity, reported physical and mental health, perceived environmental quality, and noise annoyance. Noise Health 2010;12:7-16.|
|67||Weinstein ND. Individual differences in critical tendencies and noise annoyance. J Sound Vibr 1980;68:241-8.|
|68||Fyhri A, Klaeboe R. Road traffic noise, sensitivity, annoyance and self-reported health - A structural equation model exercise. Environ Int 2009;35:91-7.|
|69||Heinonen-Guzejev M, Jauhiainen T, Vuorinen H, Viljanen A, Rantanen T, Koskenvuo M, et al. Noise sensitivity and hearing disability. Noise Health 2011;13:51-8.|
|70||Fyhri A, Klaeboe R. Direct, indirect influence of income on road traffic noise annoyance. J Environ Psych 2006;26:27-37.|
|71||Ljungberg JK, Neely G. Cognitive after-effects of vibration and noise exposure and the role of subjective noise sensitivity. J Occup Health 2007;49:111-6.|
|72||Ryu JK, Jeon JY. Influence of noise sensitivity on annoyance of indoor and outdoor noises in residential buildings. Appl Acoust 2011;72:336-40.|
|73||Marks A, Griefahn B. Associations between noise sensitivity and sleep, subjectively evaluated sleep quality, annoyance, and performance after exposure to nocturnal traffic noise. Noise Health 2007;9:1-7.|
|74||Evans GW. Child development and the physical environment. Annu Rev Psychol 2006;57:423-51.|
|75||Evans GW, Lercher P, Kofler WW. Crowding and children′s mental health: The role of house type. J Environ Psychol 2002;22:221-31.|
|76||Hanneke Kruize On environmental equity: Exploring the distribution of environmental quality among socio-economic categories in the Netherlands/- [S.l.]: [s.n.], 2007-Doctoral thesis Utrecht University. Igitur, Utrecht Publishing and Archiving Services.|
|77||Gan WQ, Davies HW, Koehoorn M, Brauer M. Association of long-term exposure to community noise and traffic-related air pollution with coronary heart disease mortality. Am J Epidemiol 2012;175(9):898-906.|