Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig 2000, 51(2): 191-201

Wpływ intensywnego hałasu ulicznego na samopoczucie i samoocenę stanu zdrowia mieszkańców
[Effect of intensive traffic noise on well-being and a selfassessed of urban in habitants]

Z. Koszarny


In the study health situation of inhabitants and their subjective reaction to diffrent acoustic conditions in their place of living were analysed. Comparison of residends who spend most of the time in rooms at a street side with the residents who lived in rooms at a yard side revealed significant differences between the groups in mental state and self assessed health status. People, who live in worse acoustic conditions more often complain about difficulties and disturbances in different daily activitiec. They also more often reported different ailments, of which the most important are problems connected with cardiovascular system, feeling tiredness after night sleep, frequent nervousness and irritation. This group of people more often takes painkillers and tranquillisers. However, there was no difference between the groups in reporting diseases that could be associated with noise and were confirmed by physician. Observed differences in reporting negative symptoms and reactions mentioned above were not related to socio-economic and behavioral factors such as: gender, age, economical conditions or smoking which have similar distribution in both the groups.

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