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Short-Term Annoyance Due to Night-Time Road, Railway, and Air Traffic Noise: Role of the Noise Source, the Acoustical Metric, and Non-Acoustical Factors

Weidenfeld, S. and Sanok, S. and Fimmers, R. and Puth, M.-T. and Aeschbach, D. and Elmenhorst, E.-M. (2021) Short-Term Annoyance Due to Night-Time Road, Railway, and Air Traffic Noise: Role of the Noise Source, the Acoustical Metric, and Non-Acoustical Factors. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (9), p. 4647. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/ijerph18094647. ISSN 1661-7827.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18094647

Abstract

Field studies on traffic noise-induced annoyance have predominantly used estimated outside noise levels. We intended to complement existing knowledge with exposure–response relationships that are based on precise indoor noise measurements. Acoustic recordings inside the bedrooms of nightly road traffic and annoyance ratings in the following morning were obtained from 40 suburban residents (mean age 29.1 years ± 11.7; 26 females). We derived exposure–response functions for the probability to be “annoyed at least a little” (%LA). Further analyses compared data from the current study with those from two earlier studies on railway and aircraft noise. Annoyance increased with the number of traffic events and the equivalent sound pressure level. The inclusion of non-acoustical factors (such as assessment of road transport) improved the prediction considerably. When comparing the different traffic noise sources, %LA was higher for road than for air traffic at a given LAeq,night, but higher for road and railway than for air traffic at a given number of noise events. Acoustical as well as non-acoustical factors impact short-term annoyance induced by road, railway, and air traffic. Annoyance varies across noise sources, which may be due to differences in acoustical characteristics or in the temporal noise distribution throughout the night.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/142318/
Document Type:Article
Title:Short-Term Annoyance Due to Night-Time Road, Railway, and Air Traffic Noise: Role of the Noise Source, the Acoustical Metric, and Non-Acoustical Factors
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Weidenfeld, S.Sarah.Weidenfeld (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Sanok, S.sandra.sanok (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Fimmers, R.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Puth, M.-T.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Aeschbach, D.daniel.aeschbach (at) dlrUNSPECIFIED
Elmenhorst, E.-M.Eva-Maria.Elmenhorst (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0336-6705
Date:27 April 2021
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
Volume:18
DOI :10.3390/ijerph18094647
Page Range:p. 4647
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
ISSN:1661-7827
Status:Published
Keywords:road traffic noise; railway noise; aircraft noise; annoyance; LAeq; number of events; field study; exposure-response curve
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - UrMo Digital
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Sleep and Human Factors Research
Deposited By: Sender, Alina
Deposited On:25 May 2021 12:20
Last Modified:25 May 2021 12:20

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