This paper presents a conceptual method of quantifying the effects of a change in environmental noise on public health and welfare and, as an example of the application of this method, a first approximation to quantifying the impact of motor vehicle noise regulations. Health and welfare are assumed to include personal comfort and well-being as well as the absence of clinical symptoms. The approach is statistical; that is, emphasis is placed on the average response of groups of people to noise, where average response is a combination of factors. The measure of the response is expressed in terms of the magnitude of the population that would be expected to express in a social survey a high degree of annoyance as a result of the activity interference produced by a specific exposure level.

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    • Distribution, posting, or copying of this PDF is strictly prohibited without written permission of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences. Unless otherwise indicated, all materials in this PDF are copyrighted by the National Academy of Sciences. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. Presented at a workshop on Motor Vehicle Noise Control, Washington, D.C., 10-11 December 1974.
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    • Yaniv, Simone L
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  • Publication Date: 1975

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 77-84
  • Monograph Title: Motor vehicle noise control
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  • Accession Number: 00098531
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1975 12:00AM