Low frequency noise in relation to health effects: A systematic review

Invited paper

Christos Baliatsas


Tuesday 2 june, 2015, 11:20 - 11:40

0.4 Brussels (189)

The level of concern and health complaints related to low frequency noise (LFN) are increasing, not only in the Netherlands, but also at international level. There is only evidence suggesting an association between LFN and effects such as annoyance and sleep disturbance. For other health effects mentioned in relation to LFN in the literature, such as hearing loss, vertigo, balance problems, respiratory effects and vibro-acoustic disease there is no consensus, and only anecdotal evidence. No systematic evaluation of the literature has recently been performed, focusing on epidemiological studies and residential sources of LFN in relation to various symptoms and well-being indicators. Therefore a systematic review of observational studies will be conducted to address the strength of evidence for an association between low frequency noise and health effects in the general population. Literature databases such as PubMed, Embase, Scopus, PsychInfo, Web of Science and Biosis and additional bibliographic sources such as reference sections of key publications were searched for eligible studies published between 2000 and 2014. To gain more insight into the consistency and magnitude of the examined associations, the possibility of meta-analyses will also be considered. The current abstract therefore represents work in progress.

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