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Children and noise: prevention of adverse effects

The National Institute of Public Health has hosted the leadership and project coordination of the project Children and Noise - Prevention of Adverse Effects. The report is a result of cooperation between a group of European partners that was formed to carry out the project.


Effects of noise

Harmful effects of noise on children consist of auditory and non-auditory effects. Auditory effects are reduced or impaired hearing or temporary threshold shifts or tinnitus. Nonauditory effects of noise are mainly cognitive effects. Thus noise can negatively affect children’s learning and language development, can disturb children’s motivation and concentration and can result in reduced memory and in reduced ability to carry out more or less complex tasks. Noise may provoke a stress response in children that includes increased heart rate and increased hormone response, and noise may disrupt sleep and hinder needed restoration of the body and brain. As an indirect effect of noise a raised voice may lead to hoarseness and vocal nodules.


The project Children and noise – prevention of adverse effects aimed:

  • To contribute to better public understanding of the role of noise in children’s health and well-being;
  • To collect, critically review and disseminate examples of good preventive public health measures to protect children’s health and well-being from the adverse effects of noise; and
  • To improve selected methods for disseminating knowledge on how to prevent the adverse effects of noise among children.

The project Children and Noise - Prevention of Adverse Effects continues the work carried out in the project Health Effects of Noise on Children and Perception of the Risk of Noise, which was supported by the European Commission under Grant Agreement No. SI2.143779 (99CVF2-601). The Institute published the report of that project, Health effects of noise on children and perception of the risk of noise, in 2001.

Forfatter: Marie Louise Bistrup, main editor. Lis Keiding, co-editor
Udgiver: National Institute of Public Health
År: 2002
Pris: Udsolgt
Redigeret: 21.05.07