Plane Noise Leads to Health Risks
Living close to a busy airport may not only be bad for the pictures on your walls and the dishes in your cabinets that rattle and fall as jets take off and land, it also may be bad for your health. Aircraft noise has been previously linked to nervousness, sleep disturbances, and breathing problems at night, and new research indicates it increases the risk for hypertension (high blood pressure) and other health problems.
According to data presented at the EuroPRevent 2016 meeting, people who live closest to airports and are exposed to the most aircraft noise for 3 years or more have a higher risk for cardiovascular problems, including heart attack and stroke, than those living in quieter areas.
More research is needed, but increased health risks may be related to frequent higher-than-normal levels of stress hormones. Possible solutions include using only noise-certified aircraft, changing flight paths to avoid flying over residential areas, limiting nighttime flights, and restricting the building of homes near airports.
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