RESPONSE TO A REDUCTION IN TRAFFIC NOISE EXPOSURE

Dose-response relationships for road traffic noise have previously been based on community response (annoyance) measured under relatively steady state noise exposure conditions. This paper is a report of an examination of response measured following a change in exposure. A reduction in road traffic noise exposure led to a much larger reduction in annoyance than would have been anticipated from responses measured under steady state conditions. An explanation for this may be found in adaptation level theory. If there is some cost to the individual associated with adaptation to noise, current scales of annoyance may represent attenuated measures of the true effects of the noise exposure, particularly at higher levels. (Author/TRRL)

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  • Authors:
    • Brown, A L
    • HALL, A
    • Kyle-Little, J
  • Publication Date: 1985-1-22

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  • Accession Number: 00399424
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2004 2:43AM