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Aircraft noise exposure and resident's stress and hypertension: A public health perspective for airport environmental management


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  • Black, Deborah A.
  • Black, John A.
  • Issarayangyun, Tharit
  • Samuels, Stephen E.
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    Noise management regulations and policies at commercial airports are reviewed. A cross-sectional study of environmental noise and community health based, on the SF-36, was conducted in residential neighborhoods near Sydney Airport with high exposure to aircraft noise and in a matched control suburb unaffected by aircraft noise. Noise measurements were analysed and a novel noise metric formulated based on background environmental noise levels. After controlling for confounders, subjects who have been chronically exposed to high aircraft noise level are more likely to report stress and hypertension compared with those not exposed to aircraft noise. Policy implications and further research are described.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Air Transport Management.

    Volume (Year): 13 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 5 ()
    Pages: 264-276

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jaitra:v:13:y:2007:i:5:p:264-276

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    Keywords: Aircraft noise; Social and health survey; Stress and hypertension; Health impact assessment; Policy;


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    1. Stefan Boes; & Stephan Nuesch; & Steve Stillman;, 2012. "Aircraft noise, health, and residential sorting: evidence from two quasi-experiments," Health, Econometrics and Data Group (HEDG) Working Papers 12/21, HEDG, c/o Department of Economics, University of York.
    2. Almer, Christian & Boes, Stefan & Nuesch, Stephan, 2013. "How do Housing Prices Adjust After an Environmental Shock? Evidence from a State-Mandated Change in Aircraft Noise Exposure," Department of Economics Working Papers 37905, University of Bath, Department of Economics.


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