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Noise

Hamilton, ON

Excess noise can lead to physiological stress responses in the body that many contribute to the development of cardiovascular-related health issues. Noise at night may also disrupt sleep, which can be a risk factor for a number of chronic diseases.

ONPHEC Goals

  • Evaluate the impact of traffic-related noise on the development of chronic diseases

  • Investigate potential interactions between noise and other harmful environmental risk factors, such as air pollution, on human health

Spatial variations in traffic-related noise in the city of Toronto, Ontario were derived using exposure surfaces developed from continuous measures of noise from population-based surveys conducted in 2012-20131.

ONPHEC studies that have assessed the effects of noise on chronic disease include:

  • Temporal and spatial variability of traffic-related noise in the city of Toronto, Canada

     

1 Zuo F, Li Y, Johnson S et al. Temporal and spatial variability of traffic-related noise in the City of Toronto, Canada. Sci Total Environ 2014; 472:1100–07.