Serious Health Effects From Annoying Noise
safety continues to be the primary concern for most residents in the
city of Kingston, there are some people who are getting physically ill
because of Moorabbin Airport noise. As the charts below show,
the noise does not have to be ear splitting to make people sick.
All aircraft noise which disturbs normal day or night time
activities and or causes annoyance, can lead to increased risks of
cardiovascular disease. Noise can also cause reduced quality of
life and associated psychological issues like anxiety, emotional
stress, nervous complaints, nausea, headaches, instability,
argumentativeness, changes in mood, increased social conflicts,
substance abuse and sexual dysfunction. (WHO: Guidelines For Community Health)
This doesn't mean that we should close every airport, but in an
advanced society it should be sufficient grounds for not making
problems worse by increasing airport and aircraft activity and hence
noise. This could not be more pertinent for a discretionary
training and recreational airport like Moorabbin where there are
available compromises and alternatives.
social relevance of health impacts in people exposed to aircraft
noise is not just about a few people being exposed to severe or
moderate noise. It has been shown that there are far greater
implications for public health where a large number of people are being
exposed to moderate, low or even annoying noise.
Living Near Moorabbin Airport Might Have A Similar Effect on
Blood Pressure as Heavy Smoking**
** Cigarettes and hypertension : Groppelli,
A, Giorgi, DM, Omboni, S, et al. Persistent blood pressure increase
induced by heavy smoking. J Hypertens 1992; 10:495.
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