Clubbing: the cumulative effect of noise exposure from attendance at dance clubs and night clubs on whole-of-life noise exposure

Noise Health. Jul-Sep 2010;12(48):155-8. doi: 10.4103/1463-1741.64970.


Anecdotally it has been suggested that exposure to some noise sources through leisure activities could have a significant effect on whole-of-life noise exposure. While exposure levels do vary, a typical night club or dance club attendee was found to experience an equivalent continuous A-weighted noise level of around 98 dB for up to 5 hours with an exposure of 12.2 Pa(2)h. This can extend up to 104 Pa(2)h in extreme cases. A study of "clubbers" reveals regular clubbing to be a source of high noise exposure, with a sustained period of regular club attendance contributing to a significant portion of whole-of-life noise exposure.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Dancing* / statistics & numerical data
  • Environmental Exposure / adverse effects
  • Environmental Exposure / analysis*
  • Environmental Exposure / statistics & numerical data
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leisure Activities*
  • Male
  • Music*
  • New South Wales
  • Noise* / adverse effects
  • Qualitative Research
  • Risk Factors
  • Sound Spectrography / methods
  • Time Factors
  • Urban Population / statistics & numerical data