Aircraft noise annoyance and average versus maximum noise levels

Arch Environ Health. 1992 Sep-Oct;47(5):326-9. doi: 10.1080/00039896.1992.9938370.


A questionnaire study was performed in seven areas located around the airports of Landvetter and Save, Gothenburg, in an attempt to elucidate the extent of annoyance in populations exposed to aircraft noise. Noise exposure was estimated as the energy equivalent level (Aircraft Noise Level--FBN) or as the number of aircraft with levels that exceeded 70 dBA, combined with the maximum noise level. The results were compared with data obtained from the earlier Scandinavian Aircraft Noise Investigation. The results supported the conclusion that the annoyance reaction is better related to the number of aircraft and the maximum noise level than to energy equivalent levels for noise exposure.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aircraft*
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Noise, Transportation* / adverse effects
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Sweden