Annoyance due to aircraft noise has increased over the years--results of the HYENA study.

TitleAnnoyance due to aircraft noise has increased over the years--results of the HYENA study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsBabisch W, Houthuijs D, Pershagen G, Cadum E, Katsouyanni K, Velonakis M, Dudley M-L, Marohn H-D, Swart W, Breugelmans O, Bluhm G, Selander J, Vigna-Taglianti F, Pisani S, Haralabidis A, Dimakopoulou K, Zachos I, Järup L
Corporate AuthorsHYENA Consortium
JournalEnviron Int
Date Published2009 Nov
KeywordsAged, Aircraft, Anger, Automobiles, Female, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Noise, Transportation, Questionnaires, Time Factors

In the HYENA study (HYpertension and Exposure to Noise near Airports) noise annoyances due to aircraft and road traffic noise were assessed in subjects that lived in the vicinity of 6 major European airports using the 11-point ICBEN scale (International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise). A distinction was made between the annoyance during the day and during the night. L(den) and L(night) were considered as indicators of noise exposure. Pooled data analyses showed clear exposure-response relationships between the noise level and the noise annoyance for both exposures. The exposure-response curves for road noise were congruent with the EU standard curves used for predicting the number of highly noise annoyed subjects in European communities. Annoyance ratings due to aircraft noise, however, were higher than predicted by the EU standard curves. The data supports other findings suggesting that the people's attitude towards aircraft noise has changed over the years, and that the EU standard curve for aircraft noise should be modified.

Alternate JournalEnviron Int
PubMed ID19699524