Title: Highlights on environmental noise and health research in Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and Newly Independent States
Citation: Proceedings of INTER-NOISE 2011 on DVD-ROM
Publisher: Institute of Noise Control Engineering of Japan and the Acoustical Society of Japan
Publication Year: 2011
JRC N°: JRC64510
URI: http://www.internoise2011.com/index.html
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The adverse effects of noise on health have been intensely explored in the previous fifty years. However, the scope of research conducted in Central and Eastern European countries (CEE), South-East European countries (SEE) and Newly Independent States (NIS) has remained unknown. The aim of this review is to present the variety of studies on non-auditory effects of environmental noise conducted in the past in these countries and to point out the most important issues that need to be addressed in the future. This critical review includes papers on the non-auditory effects of environmental noise and health published since 1965. More than 100 papers were identified by a literature search of all accessible medical and other databases. Authors reviewed scientific journals, conference proceedings and local reports published in national languages. The major endpoints were annoyance, sleep disturbance, cognitive impairment, mental health, subjective well-being, biological/physiological endpoints, cardiovascular disease, endocrine system endpoints and drug consumption. Experimental and exposure assessment studies, field, empirical studies and social surveys are presented. Major sources of environmental noise were road traffic, aircraft and human activities. The target populations were mostly adults. However, important studies on school children, children in kindergartens and even low birth weight infants in incubators were identified. The importance of this review is that it refers to some countries that no longer exist and includes publications that are not mentioned in any other previous systematic reviews. Strategies for the future development of noise and health research on national and global level will be discussed.
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