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Children's annoyance reactions to aircraft and road traffic noise
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2009 (English)In: Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, ISSN 0001-4966, E-ISSN 1520-8524, Vol. 125, no 2, 895-904 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Since annoyance reactions of children to environmental noise have rarely been investigated, no source specific exposure-response relations are available. The aim of this paper is to investigate children’s reactions to aircraft and road traffic noise and to derive exposure-response relations. To this end, children’s annoyance reactions to aircraft and road traffic noise in both the home and the school setting were investigated using the data gathered in a cross-sectional multicenter study, carried out among 2844 children age 9–11 years attending 89 primary schools around three European airports. An exposure-response relation was demonstrated between exposure to aircraft noise at school LAeq, 7–23 h and severe annoyance in children: after adjustment for confounders, the percentage severely annoyed children was predicted to increase from about 5.1% at 50 dB to about 12.1% at 60 dB. The findings were consistent across the three samples. Aircraft noise at home LAeq,7–23 h demonstrated a similar relation with severe annoyance. Children attending schools with higher road traffic noise LAeq,7–23 h were more annoyed. Although children were less annoyed at levels above 55 dB, the shapes of the exposure-response relations found among children were comparable to those found in their parents.

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Acoustical Society of America , 2009. Vol. 125, no 2, 895-904 p.
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annoyance, aircraft noise, road traffic noise, children, RANCH
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-34903DOI: 10.1121/1.3058635ISI: 000264100600035OAI: diva2:285931
Available from: 2010-01-13 Created: 2010-01-13 Last updated: 2015-09-10Bibliographically approved

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