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WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region: A Systematic Review on Environmental Noise and Quality of Life, Wellbeing and Mental Health
Comment published on 27 March 2019, see Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(7), 1088.
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A Systematic Review of the Basis for WHO’s New Recommendation for Limiting Aircraft Noise Annoyance

SINTEF DIGITAL, N-7465 Trondheim, Norway
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(12), 2717; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15122717
Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 27 November 2018 / Accepted: 28 November 2018 / Published: 2 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue WHO Noise and Health Evidence Reviews)
The new WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region have recommendations for limiting noise exposure associated with adverse health effects. The limits are said to be based on a systematic review of existing evidence. This paper gives a systematic assessment of the presented evidence with respect to annoyance from aircraft noise. The new guidelines have been based on the results from a selection of existing aircraft noise studies. This paper demonstrates that a similar selection of other existing post-2000 studies will yield very different results. In addition, the validity of the presented evidence has been questioned as some of the referenced studies have not been conducted according to standardized methods, and the selection of respondents is not representative of the general airport population. View Full-Text
Keywords: aircraft noise; annoyance; dose–response; environment; WHO guidelines aircraft noise; annoyance; dose–response; environment; WHO guidelines
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Gjestland, T. A Systematic Review of the Basis for WHO’s New Recommendation for Limiting Aircraft Noise Annoyance. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2717.

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