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Effects of Nocturnal Aircraft Noise and Non-Acoustical Factors on Short-Term Annoyance in Primary School Children

Quehl, J. and Bartels, S. and Fimmers, R. and Aeschbach, D. (2021) Effects of Nocturnal Aircraft Noise and Non-Acoustical Factors on Short-Term Annoyance in Primary School Children. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (13), p. 6959. Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI). doi: 10.3390/ijerph18136959. ISSN 1661-7827.

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Children are considered at higher risk for harmful noise effects due to their sensitive development phase. Here, we investigated the effects of nocturnal aircraft noise exposure on short-term annoyance assessed in the morning in 51 primary school children (8–10 years) living in the surrounding community of Cologne-Bonn Airport. Child-appropriate short-term annoyance assessments and associated non-acoustical variables were surveyed. Nocturnal aircraft noise exposure was recorded inside the children’s bedrooms. Exposure–response models were calculated by using random effects logistic regression models. The present data were compared with those from a previous study near Cologne-Bonn Airport in adults using very similar methodology. Short-term annoyance reaction in children was not affected by the nocturnal aircraft noise exposure. Non-acoustical factors (e.g., the attitude that “aircraft are dangerous” or noise sensitivity), however, significantly impacted on children’s short-term annoyance. In contrast to children, the probability of moderate to high annoyance in adults increased with the number of aircraft flyovers during the time in bed. It is concluded that short-term annoyance from nocturnal aircraft noise in children is mainly determined by non-acoustical factors. Unlike in adults, acoustical factors did not play a significant role.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/143721/
Document Type:Article
Title:Effects of Nocturnal Aircraft Noise and Non-Acoustical Factors on Short-Term Annoyance in Primary School Children
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Quehl, J.julia.quehl (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Bartels, S.susanne.bartels (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Aeschbach, D.daniel.aeschbach (at) dlrUNSPECIFIED
Date:29 June 2021
Journal or Publication Title:International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.3390/ijerph18136959
Page Range:p. 6959
Publisher:Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
Keywords:nocturnal aircraft noise; children; vulnerable groups; annoyance; exposure–response models; non-acoustical factors
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AI - Air Transportation and Impact
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Human Factors
Location: Köln-Porz
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Aerospace Medicine > Sleep and Human Factors Research
Deposited By: Sender, Alina
Deposited On:07 Sep 2021 11:50
Last Modified:01 Oct 2021 12:33

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