Special Issue "Sound and Health related Quality of Life"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2014

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

Dear Colleagues,

The majority of people in the European Union and other OECD countries is exposed to environmental sound between 50 and 60 dBA, Lden. People exposed to these levels of environmental sound often suffer from impairments of health related quality of life and are usually not protected. Although the WHO has recommended 55 dBA as a guideline for residential areas and the new night-time guideline recommends a range from 40 to 55 dBA (to respect the different economic abilities of countries) enforcable directives are typically set around 60 to 65 dBA. Mainly, because general reduction of sound levels below this intensity range is difficult to achieve by classical acoustic means and non-acoustic factors play an important role in this exposure range. In this edition of "Sound and Health related Quality of Life" papers are welcome which provide further evidence for adverse effects of environmental sound on normal and vulnerable people (seniors, persons with handicaps)in the above mentioned exposure range. This does not exclude papers that show the whole range of sound exposure levels or provide theoretical or methodical input to better understand the contextual nature of the adverse effects (modification by soundscape or non-acoustic factors) and the indispensable need to provide control/coping options and restoration for prevention. Furthermore, papers are welcome which show the positive effects of acoustic designs or soundscape modifications on health related quality of life or support restoration and sustainable planning (effect evaluation is a requirement).

Prof. Dr. Peter Lercher
Guest Editor


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  • environmental quality of life
  • health related quality of life
  • coping
  • quiet areas
  • sustainability
  • environmental health impact assessment
  • soundscape assessment
  • acoustic design and planning

Published Papers (2 papers)

Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2014, 11(1), 47-66; doi:10.3390/ijerph110100047
Received: 1 October 2013; in revised form: 27 November 2013 / Accepted: 6 December 2013 / Published: 19 December 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(5), 1895-1915; doi:10.3390/ijerph10051895
Received: 2 February 2013; in revised form: 15 April 2013 / Accepted: 17 April 2013 / Published: 7 May 2013
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Last update: 18 June 2014

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