DETERMINANTS OF NEIGHBORHOOD NOISE ANNOYANCE
One of the challenges of making community, city, state, and governmental officials take noise pollution issues seriously is that there are many untrue assumptions about urban noise:
That it is the trade-off we accept by living in cities
That it is a mere nuisance and not a public health problem
That the people complaining about it will get over it in time
That annoyance is neither a cause, mediator, or modifier along the pathway between noise exposure and negative health
We strongly believe otherwise on all accounts and are interested in what residents in the Greater Boston Area feel are determinants of their annoyance towards neighborhood noise. Understanding what it is about noise that bothers residents is a crucial first step in understanding the totality of their complaint.
The responses from our survey suggest that the biggest issues surrounding why neighborhood noise is annoying is the fact that it is not wanted, it can’t be controlled, it is loud, and it is inescapable. What we can glean from this is that many people feel imprisoned by noise.
How true are the following aspects of why neighborhood noise may be annoying?
IT IS UNWANTED
Not True 2.54%
IT IS LOUD
Not True 8.4%
IT IS CONSTANT
Not True 20.41%
I CANNOT CONTROL IT
Not True 5.55%
I CANNOT ESCAPE IT
Not True 10.61%
NO ONE CARES THAT IT IS BOTHERING ME
Not True 21.02%
I FEEL LIKE IT IS IMPACTING MY HEALTH
Not True 34.67%