Critical reviews of noise on human human health, performed during the past 15 y have raised questions regarding the potential for noise to result in adverse health impacts. Previous syntheses have been based on critiques of methods used in individual works but have not attempted to provide quantitative evaluations of the collected works. Work described in this paper presents a synthesis of carefully selected investigations from the available literature, including a meta-analysis on selected data, in order to provide some insight into the possibility that chronic ambient noise is related to hypertension as a function of increasing noise levels. Given the large number of persons exposed to environmental noise sources, the strength of association between hypertension and cardiovascular disease, and the derived odds ratios for noise induced hypertension in this paper, noise may be one of the most important environmental factors presently being neglected within the regulatory arena.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Environmental Science(all)