Childhood Implications Of School Proximity To Chic Essay

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ABSTRACT: Noise is an unwanted or objectionable sound. It can be a pollutant and an environmental stressor and interferes with normal activities such as sleeping, conversation, and can disrupts or diminishes one’s quality of life.1 Noise pollution affects the lives of millions of people and several studies have shown that there are direct links between noise and health. Even though Noise Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is the most common discussed health effect, researches shown that exposure to constant or high levels of noise can cause countless adverse health effects such as stress related illnesses, high blood pressure and cardiovascular effects, speech interference, sleep disruption, poor work and school performance and lost productivity. Some groups are more vulnerable to noise as children, chronically ill and elderly people, shift workers and the less affluent. One major source of outdoor noise pollution is aircraft. The purpose of this paper is to evaluate the effects of aircraft noise exposure on children's health that attend schools near the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Background From a Public Health perspective, noise can be characterized as a “transparent” hazard since it cannot be seen, smelled, touched, removed or purified. The effects of noise do not pose a stress on the environment per se but accumulate in individual people as noise experience with effects on hearing and well-being.2 According to WHO3, the main sources of noise pollution are: neighborhoods; schools, hospitals and care centers; urban and suburban areas; activities inside the buildings such as elevators, water tubs, music in discotheque; from children themselves due to toys, equipment, children playing or practicing sports in a close yard; traffic as in heavy road, railways, highways, subways, airports; industrial activities; building and road construction, renovation.

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