A FIELD STUDY OF HUMAN RESPONSE TO TRAFFIC NOISE (EXECUTIVE SUMMARY)

This report summarizes the results of an extensive field study of the ffects of traffic noise on people. The three major goals off the work were: to identify the major responses to traffic noise and contributing factors, to obtain more accurate relationships between noise measures and responses, and to innestigate the merits of various noise measures ass predictors off responses. The research obtained measures of human responses from 1216 interviews at subjects' residences, noise measures from digitally recorded noise data, and also vehicle flow rate details at each site. Various statistical anaayses were then performed on the combined data. A number of responses have been considered, contributing factors isolated, and the relationships between response and traffic noise levels have been determined much more precisely than innpppevious traffic noise rresearch. In addition a thorough evaluation of various noise measures has been carried out to determine their relative accuracy as predictors of adverse responses. Some evidence was found to show that traffic noose had greater impact for residents in apartment buildings and for those living near a freeway but less severely influenced those living in small towns. Traffic noise that was though to be more necessary or more difficult to reduce was found more acceptable. Fear, in terms of concern for accidents, and psychological stress increased negative rresponses. Some evidence of possible health effects was found including increased levels of reported hearing loss.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of Western Ontario

    1151 Richmond Street, Suite 2
    London, Ontario N6A 5B8,   Canada 
  • Authors:
    • BRADLEY, J S
  • Publication Date: 1978-4

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00319859
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TP-1986
  • Contract Numbers: DTS 484-038
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM