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Contributors to Neighbour Noise Annoyance

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ZEUS GmbH, Centre for Applied Psychology, Environmental and Social Research, 58093 Hagen, Germany
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German Environment Agency, Section Noise Abatement of Industrial Plants and Products, Noise Impact, 06844 Dessau-Roßlau, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(15), 8098; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158098
Received: 14 June 2021 / Revised: 23 July 2021 / Accepted: 28 July 2021 / Published: 30 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Environmental Noise and Annoyance)
Noise from neighbours has been shown to be one of the most noise annoying sources in Germany, but research on the influencing factors for the annoyance ratings is scarce. Therefore, we investigated whether different personal and contextual (social, physical) factors contribute to neighbour noise annoyance to better understand the neighbour noise annoyance situation. A population-representative survey in four areas in Germany was conducted, with each area further stratified according to their density of agglomeration (inner city, urban outskirt, rural area). Randomly selected residents from each area were invited by mail to participate in the study, either online or via a paper–pencil mode. Noise annoyance was assessed for different noise sources (e.g., neighbourhood, road, railway, aircrafts, different types of industry). In total, 1973 questionnaires were completed. We identified several factors to be predictive of neighbour noise annoyance: satisfaction with the neighbourhood, relationship with neighbours, residential satisfaction, noise sensitivity, and density of agglomeration for people living in the inner city in comparison to rural areas. Particularly, social aspects such as the relationship with neighbours and satisfaction with the neighbourhood have been shown to affect neighbour noise annoyance. View Full-Text
Keywords: neighbour noise annoyance; residential satisfaction; relation to neighbours; satisfaction with neighbourhood neighbour noise annoyance; residential satisfaction; relation to neighbours; satisfaction with neighbourhood
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Benz, S.L.; Kuhlmann, J.; Schreckenberg, D.; Wothge, J. Contributors to Neighbour Noise Annoyance. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 8098. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158098

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Benz SL, Kuhlmann J, Schreckenberg D, Wothge J. Contributors to Neighbour Noise Annoyance. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(15):8098. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158098

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Benz, Sarah L., Julia Kuhlmann, Dirk Schreckenberg, and Jördis Wothge. 2021. "Contributors to Neighbour Noise Annoyance" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 15: 8098. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18158098

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