Special Issue "Noise and Quality of Life"

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A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2010)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Peter Lercher
Division of Social Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck, Sonnenburgstraße 16, A-6020 Innsbruck, Austria
Website: http://www.i-med.ac.at/sozialmedizin/de/personal/peter_lercher.html
E-Mail: peter.lercher@i-med.ac.at
Phone: +43 0512 9003 71253
Fax: +43 0512 9003 73251
Interests: environmental and social epidemiology; environmental health impact assessment; noise/vibration and air pollution; combined effects; quality of life

Special Issue Information

CURRENT STATUS
The assessment of the effects of noise on health can shortly be characterized:

  • Focus on simple, physical noise indicators (dBA,Leq,24hrs)
  • Focus on more severe health outcomes
  • Focus on the main effects only – thus ignoring the importance of other moderating and mediating factors.

In contrast, noise survey research showed the importance of contextual factors (e.g. housing, neighborhoods, area layout, other environmental pollution) contributing as much to the variance in annoyance as the noise indicator does. Health survey research also found associations between subjectively assessed "acoustic quality of the environment" and better "functional health".

PUBLIC HEALTH IMPORTANCE & NEW REQUIREMENTS
Most people live in residential sound environments where severe health effects are not yet observed - nevertheless people are dissatisfied because the sound environment interferes with their intentions in daily life.
Sustainable planning perspectives (environmental zoning, "sensitive areas", "supportive environments") require a deeper understanding of the relations between noise, sound and the environment which shape health and sustainable living.Therefore, research should be broadened:

  • to include exposure indicators which better characterize the sound environment
  • to include health impairments related to the perceived quality of life
  • to include supportive qualities of the sound environment within a specific community context.

Keywords

  • quality of life
  • sound environment
  • quiet areas
  • sustainability
  • environmental health impact assessment
  • soundscape assessment
  • noise indicators

Published Papers (10 papers)

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(3), 777-798; doi:10.3390/ijerph8030777
Received: 1 February 2011; in revised form: 28 February 2011 / Accepted: 28 February 2011 / Published: 7 March 2011
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(11), 3890-3915; doi:10.3390/ijerph7113890
Received: 24 September 2010; in revised form: 27 October 2010 / Accepted: 28 October 2010 / Published: 3 November 2010
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(10), 3739-3759; doi:10.3390/ijerph7103739
Received: 15 September 2010; in revised form: 6 October 2010 / Accepted: 15 October 2010 / Published: 20 October 2010
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by , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(10), 3579-3594; doi:10.3390/ijerph7103580
Received: 19 August 2010; in revised form: 30 August 2010 / Accepted: 28 September 2010 / Published: 11 October 2010
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by , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(9), 3457-3466; doi:10.3390/ijerph7093457
Received: 31 July 2010; in revised form: 2 September 2010 / Accepted: 14 September 2010 / Published: 15 September 2010
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by , , ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(9), 3382-3405; doi:10.3390/ijerph7093382
Received: 16 July 2010; in revised form: 26 August 2010 / Accepted: 26 August 2010 / Published: 31 August 2010
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(9), 3359-3375; doi:10.3390/ijerph7093359
Received: 20 July 2010; in revised form: 18 August 2010 / Accepted: 25 August 2010 / Published: 30 August 2010
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(8), 3255-3269; doi:10.3390/ijerph7083255
Received: 22 July 2010; in revised form: 18 August 2010 / Accepted: 19 August 2010 / Published: 23 August 2010
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(8), 3071-3079; doi:10.3390/ijerph7083071
Received: 8 July 2010; in revised form: 20 July 2010 / Accepted: 29 July 2010 / Published: 4 August 2010
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by ,  and
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(3), 1036-1046; doi:10.3390/ijerph7031036
Received: 26 January 2010; in revised form: 20 February 2010 / Accepted: 5 March 2010 / Published: 11 March 2010
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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