Aircraft noise

The aircraft noise debate

Rising passenger numbers in air traffic, construction projects and constantly new flight routes make aircraft noise an increased (health) problem. When talking about aircraft noise, it is generally about the subject of noise pollution, which is also influenced, for example, by busy roads and rail traffic. According to studies by the University Medical Center Mainz, night flight noise causes an increased release of the stress hormone adrenaline and thus reduces sleep quality. The noise pollution causes constant conflicts between residents and airport operators.

Noise can make you sick

Increased noise pollution is generally associated with numerous negative health effects. Aircraft noise is suspected of promoting serious medical conditions such as high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. So far, however, no clear connection has been established.

Mental health in particular is suffering from the constant noise. Studies have already shown that increasing noise pollution is associated with an increase in anxiety and depression. Known consequences of noise include annoyance, anger, exhaustion and stress, which can permanently impair well-being, health and quality of life. (vb)

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