Vehicle noise pollution awareness for human health and environmental impacts: A comprehensive review

Akif Yavuz, Ayşe Nur Hazar-Yavuz*, Süleyman Enes Hacibektaşoğlu

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This comprehensive review explores the extensive and intricate effects of vehicle noise on human health and provides insights into experimental studies using animal models, primarily rats, to understand the impact of low-frequency vehicle noise. Furthermore, the effects of factors such as engine type and size, vehicle speed, air conditions and traffic density on vehicle noise levels are reviewed. The adverse health consequences of vehicle noise include disruptions in sleep patterns, anxiety, mood disorders, cardiovascular risks, noise-induced hearing loss, and gastrointestinal problems. To mitigate these risks, various recommendations and regulations (WHO Environmental Noise Guidelines for the European Region) are put in place, emphasizing the need for noise reduction in transportation and the responsible use of sound-emitting devices. This study serves as a comprehensive resource for understanding the intricate relationships between vehicle noise and human and animal health, emphasizing the importance of addressing vehicle noise pollution for overall well-being and public health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-266
Number of pages23
JournalActa Pharmaceutica Sciencia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2024

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  • animal models
  • human health
  • low frequency noise
  • vehicle noise


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