ICBEN review of research on the biological effects of noise 2011-2014
journal contributionposted on 28.04.2015, 16:02 by Mathias Basner, Mark Brink, Abigail Bristow, Yvonne de Kluizenaar, Lawrence Finegold, Jiyoung Hong, Sabine A. Janssen, Ronny Klaeboe, Tony Leroux, Andreas Liebl, Toshihito Matsui, Dieter Schwela, Mariola Sliwinska-Kowalska, Patrik Sorqvist
The mandate of the International Commission on Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) is to promote a high level of scientific research concerning all aspects of noise-induced effects on human beings and animals. In this review, ICBEN team chairs and co-chairs summarize relevant findings, publications, developments, and policies related to the biological effects of noise, with a focus on the period 2011-2014 and for the following topics: Noise-induced hearing loss; nonauditory effects of noise; effects of noise on performance and behavior; effects of noise on sleep; community response to noise; and interactions with other agents and contextual factors. Occupational settings and transport have been identified as the most prominent sources of noise that affect health. These reviews demonstrate that noise is a prevalent and often underestimated threat for both auditory and nonauditory health and that strategies for the prevention of noise and its associated negative health consequences are needed to promote public health.
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