Annoyance from road traffic, trains, airplanes and from total environmental noise levels
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
ID 3484086
Author(s) Ragettli, Martina S; Goudreau, Sophie; Plante, Céline; Perron, Stéphane; Fournier, Michel; Smargiassi, Audrey
Author(s) at UniBasel Ragettli, Martina
Year 2016
Title Annoyance from road traffic, trains, airplanes and from total environmental noise levels
Journal International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume 13
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 90
Abstract There is a lack of studies assessing the exposure-response relationship between transportation noise and annoyance in North America. Our aims were to investigate the prevalence of noise annoyance induced by road traffic, trains and airplanes in relation to distance to transportation noise sources, and to total environmental noise levels in Montreal, Canada; annoyance was assessed as noise-induced disturbance. A telephone-based survey among 4336 persons aged >18 years was conducted. Exposure to total environmental noise (A-weighted outdoor noise levels-LAeq24h and day-evening-night equivalent noise levels-Lden) for each study participant was determined using a statistical noise model (land use regression-LUR) that is based on actual outdoor noise measurements. The proportion of the population annoyed by road traffic, airplane and train noise was 20.1%, 13.0% and 6.1%, respectively. As the distance to major roads, railways and the Montreal International Airport increased, the percentage of people disturbed and highly disturbed due to the corresponding traffic noise significantly decreased. When applying the statistical noise model we found a relationship between noise levels and disturbance from road traffic and total environmental noise, with Prevalence Proportion Ratios (PPR) for highly disturbed people of 1.10 (95% CI: 1.07-1.13) and 1.04 (1.02-1.06) per 1 dB(A) Lden, respectively. Our study provides the first comprehensive information on the relationship between transportation noise levels and disturbance in a Canadian city. LUR models are still in development and further studies on transportation noise induced annoyance are consequently needed, especially for sources other than road traffic.
Publisher MDPI AG
ISSN/ISBN 1660-4601
Full Text on edoc No
Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.3390/ijerph13010090
PubMed ID
ISI-Number WOS:000374186100147
Document type (ISI) Journal Article

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