Neighbour and traffic noise annoyance at home - prevalence and trends among Danish adults

Birgit Rasmussen, Ola Ekholm

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    Neighbour and traffic noise are affecting many people in their everyday life, implying adverse effects on quality of life and health. In many countries, the most dominant noise sources disturbing people in their homes are traffic and neighbours. The aims of the present study were to examine the prevalence of adult Danes that are annoyed in their home by noise from neighbours and traffic, respectively, and to examine the trends over time. Data are derived from the Danish Health and Morbidity Surveys in 2000, 2005, 2010 and 2013. The sample sizes were quite large (approx. 25 000 individuals per survey) with adequate response rates varying from 57% to 74%. All samples were drawn at random from the adult Danish population (16 years or older). The purpose of the surveys was to describe the status and trends in health and morbidity in the adult Danish population and the factors that influence health status. Noise annoyance was assessed by asking the respondent whether they had been annoyed by noise from traffic or noise from neighbours, respectively, in their home during the past two weeks. The possible answer categories were: ‘Yes, very annoyed’, ‘yes, slightly annoyed’, ‘no’. The prevalence of adult Danes that have been very or slightly annoyed by traffic noise have increased from 6.3% in 2000 to 9.6% in 2013. During the same period, noise annoyance from neighbours seemed to have increased significantly, but due to different survey modes, quanti¬fication is not possible. However, the prevalence varies strikingly between house types. Thus, the prevalence was 32.7% among individuals living in multi-storey housing and less than 10% among individuals living in row, double and detached houses. The paper compares the Danish results with findings from surveys in a few other European countries, and the methodologies will be discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of EuroNoise 2015
    EditorsC. Glorieux
    Number of pages6
    Place of PublicationMaastricht
    Publication date2015
    Publication statusPublished - 2015
    Event10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (EuroNoise) - Maastricht, Belgium
    Duration: 31 May 20153 Jun 2015
    Conference number: 10


    Conference10th European Congress and Exposition on Noise Control Engineering (EuroNoise)


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